The 2013 harvest exceeded expectations in terms of both volume and quality. Although the crop was harvested later than usual and over a short time, the cold, wet winter constituted ideal weather conditions during the flowering and berry set period. Moderate weather conditions during this harvest season influenced the size and quality of this year’s harvest. 2012/13 was a particularly healthy year from a disease perspective. One of the most challenging yet rewarding of recent harvests, 2013 provided the opportunity to hand select the best quality grapes for special treatment in
Intense dark red colour with a bright edge.
Brimming with red berry and mulberry flavours, with subtle notes of spicy white pepper, fynbos and violets in early spring.
Smooth elegant palate with mid-palate ripeness and spicy, slightly grippy finish. Red and black fruits dominate balanced with a graphite steeliness. The tannins are firm yet refined and exquisitely round off the aromas of spice and fresh plum. The multiple components of Visionaire allow each to show off its own unique characters while combining to produce an experience greater than the parts – each varietal a celebrated soloist combining with the orchestra of the blend!
Blend: Merlot 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Syrah 20%, Cabernet Franc 11%, Malbec 5%, Petit Verdot 4%.
Analysis: Alc: 14.5% • TA: 5.5 g/l • RS: 3.1 g/l • pH: 3.55.
20% new 225 litre French oak barrels.
80% 2nd and 3rd fill 225 litre French oak barrels.
24 months ageing before blending and bottling.
Grapes were selected from distinct parcels with varying soil types. This complexity in growing has resulted in a wonderful intricacy in the wine. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness to enable the correct balance between sugar and phenolic components. Individual varieties were bunch and berry sorted, crushed and destalked to tank. Fermentation was initiated after 5 day cold soaking. Minimal additions were made to preserve the true cultivar characteristics of the grapes.
Rosemary roasted Karoo lamb chops or a fine 30 day plus air dried fillet steak with a pepper sauce! This wine is complex – keep the food simple to enjoy in its natural goodness.
ACCOLADES AND COMMENTS
Good young colour, slightly diffuse rim, good Bordeaux blend nose, red and black berry fruit, smoother on the palate than expected with spice and grip on the finish, nice middle ripeness, good dry finish and a very attractive, still youthful wine that can be drunk or kept – 88/100 – Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor – Decanter.
National Wine Challenge – Top 100 wines in SA / Double Gold
Andreas Larrson – 90 points