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Restless River Main Road & Dignity 2020

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Restless River is synonymous with authentic, elegant wine. Craig and Anne Wessels own and run this small family estate in the cool Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Craig is committed to absolute site expression and a minimalist approach. Each vineyard on their farm is registered as a Single Vineyard and the wines are named after the vineyards.

Being terroir driven, the focus is on 100% single varietal wine: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also occasionally release a wine called Wanderlust – which changes every year and lays outside the core tenets of Restless River.


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Restless River Main Road & Dignity Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Vallley. Slopes are north-west-facing, the shallow soils range from light, well-drained gravel to mineral-rich koffieklip. Below this is decomposed granite clay and quartz.

Winemaking and Maturation

Select parcels were hand-picked over a period of four weeks in late summer. After a light de-stemming the grapes were naturally fermented in small, open-top oak vats. A couple of short punch downs per day kept the ferment healthy while the various strains of indigenous yeasts did their work. After a long maceration the skins were pressed in a wooden basket press.

The wine was aged on lees in French oak barriques (25% new) for around 20 months.

Bottle-aged for a further two years before release.

Tasting Notes

Cool-climate Cabernet allows for a longer ripening period and thus incredibly integrated tannin. Craig’s fastidious approach results in a wine of structure and length, without relying on big, ripe flavours or lashings of new oak. Pure class.

Technical Details

Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon

ANALYSIS: Alc: 14.0% | pH: 3.56 | TA: 6.0g/l | RS: 1.7g/l







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