Rianie Strydom's 2013 CWG Auction Wines

Haskell Vineyards Paradigm 2008Cabernet Sauvignon 71%, Merlot 14%, Petit Verdot 7%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Malbec 3% Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

All grapes were hand harvested and sorted in cellar before fermentation. 4-5 pump-overs a day with delestage on Merlot at 12° balling. Average maceration on the skins for up to 15 days. This is a special selection from exceptional new barrels in the cellar and bottled to sell at the Guild Auction.

Tasting Notes: Vibrant ruby colour, fresh dark fruity nose - plums, black cherries and cassis. Underlying flavour of dark chocolate. Palate very smooth and more-ish. Fruit well balanced with subtle wood flavour, ending lovely and dry.

40 cases of this wine were sold at the 2012 Auction. Bottle size 750 ml Case size 6 x 750 ml Qty. cases produced 138 Qty. cases on offer 70 Alc 14.83 vol% RS 5.2 g/l TA 6.0 g/l pH 3.59   Haskell Vineyards Merlot 2010100% Merlot Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Made from a 12 year old vineyard that takes a lot of stress in the season. Clever nurturing of the vines over the past couple of years has rewarded us with high quality fruit. The grapes were picked at phenolic ripeness. Fermented at 28°C with pump-overs four times per day. After pressing, malolactic fermentation and maturing in 100% new oak for 16 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes: Lovely flavours of cranberries, mulberries and pomegranates. The palate has firm, tight, powdery fruit tannins which balance well with the fruit flavours from the nose and the acidity. The aftertaste is lingering with dark chocolate. Good balance from nose right through to aftertaste.

Bottle size 750 ml Case size 6 x 750 ml Qty. cases produced 96 Qty. cases on offer 70 Alc 15.0 vol% RS 3.0 g/l TA 6.2 g/l pH 3.65

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction is open to the trade and general public. To attend the auction, to register to bid or for details of our online, telephonic or proxy bidding options, please contact the Cape Winemakers Guild Office on info@capewinemakersguild.com or phone: +27 (0)21 852 0408.