2017 has a distinctive perfume on the nose backed by the aroma of caramelized plums. The palate offers an abundance or pure red fruit: cherries, cranberries and plums with a peppery and savoury finish. It is a fresh wine with great depth of flavour and complexity, finishing long and begging another sip!
Ready to be enjoyed right now, but will age well for another 5 – 6 years
For a delightful taste experience, try it with venison carpaccio or a spicy curry. Also try pairing it with red wine lamb shank stew and oven-roasted vegetables.
In the vineyard
The Reserve Red is a vintage blend of the best reds Leeuwenkuil produces from the Swartland region. The crop was reduced to one bunch per shoot to enhance the quality of the grapes, which were picked at sugars ranging between 21 and 24 degrees Balling.
In the cellar
After handpicking the grapes, they were fermented on skins with their own yeast and using punch-downs and pump-overs to mix the juice and skins. Skin contact then took place for 20 days to allow for the maximum extraction of tannins. Malolactic fermentation and aging occurred in a 5 000L French oak foudre for 12 months.
The 2017 vintage was a warm and dry, but healthy growing season. Lower yields and smaller berries contributed to a good concentration of fruit flavors.