Cabernet Sauvignon (72%) Merlot (28%)
Selected from prime vineyard areas in Stellenbosch viz. the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain
and the Simonsberg. The southerly summer sea-breezes that blow over the cool waters of False
Bay contribute greatly to the quality of the grapes from these vineyards.
After destalking and crushing the grapes, the mash was fermented in open tanks for between 8
and 14 days on the skins. The cap of skins was punched down and mixed with the juice 4 to 6
times per day to ensure optimal extraction of colour, tannin and flavours. After completion of the
alcoholic fermentation, the free-run wine was drawn off and the skins were gently pressed in a
basket press. The press wine was blended with the free-run wine in stainless steel tanks before
being transferred to small oak barrels. The malolactic fermentation occurred in tanks and barrels.
This wine was clarified according to the natural settling and racking method, which does not involve
the use of any unnatural fining agents, centrifuges or filters. This method of clarifying wine prevents
it from being stripped of flavours.
The various component wines were matured separately in 225 litre French oak barrels for 28
months prior to blending.
Bottled at Grangehurst using a gentle gravity flow filling system. The wine flowed from the elevated
bottling tanks through a cartridge filter to the hand filler and into the bottles. This was the only
stage during the entire winemaking process that the wine was filtered.
Alcohol: 13.9% by volume (14.0% on the label)
Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/l
The Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend has been part of the Grangehurst range since our maiden
vintage in 1992. As a young wine, still in barrel, the 1992 vintage was adjudged the SA Champion
Wine. The 1993 vintage was Wine Magazine’s first 5-star red wine and the 1995 was a Platter 5-
star wine. Other vintages of this wine have also been highly regarded, and Grangehurst Cabernet
Sauvignon Merlot is a fine quality Bordeaux-style wine with a good track record.
Dark ruby colour; complex aromas & flavours of black and red berries, cassis, mocha and violets.
A full-bodied barrel matured red wine with smooth, ripe tannins. Recommended drinking 8 to 15
years from vintage. Enjoy this wine with fine cuisine such as venison carpaccio, oven-roasted
vegetable pasta, Moroccan chicken or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
Handcrafted • Traditional • Unhurried
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