Damascene Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
Our Damascene Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three separate vineyards, planted as far back as 2001.
Winemaking and Maturation
Hand-harvested between 10 and 24 March, 2021. Bunches were de-stemmed and gravity-fed into concrete fermenters. Whole berries were cold soaked for three days, before primary fermentation commenced. Fermentation temperatures peaked at 28˚C, with pump-overs taking place 2-3 times per day. Spontaneous malolactic conversion took place in 60% new French oak barriques. The wine spent a total of 22 months in oak to gradually enhance clarity and stability, and to avoid the need for fining.
This wine will be at its most expressive within five years of vintage but, with careful cellaring, will continue to evolve and improve for more than a decade.
A rich opening salvo of cherry, blackcurrant pastille, thyme, eucalyptus, and deeper notes of fennel. The palate offers an exceptionally fresh interpretation of the grape, managing to be both concentrated and structured while maintaining a rare elegance. Notes of cassis, black cherry, and graphite, alongside nuances of roasted plum, are lifted by intense, juicy, black cherry fruit. The finish is decisively savoury, with a retro-aromatic encore of fennel and dried thyme.
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 3410 x 750ml and 100 x 1.5L