2012 was a brilliant Stellenbosch vintage and the Proprietor’s Blend takes advantage of the full ripeness, freshness and hauntingly rich tannins offered by the conditions.
The nose abounds with dark-blue fruits, a hint of bacon, espresso and fig jam. Classy oak notes and a touch of truffle further tussle with the amazing fruit purity. The palate shows beguiling inky-black cassis from the Cabernet Sauvignon, providing fleshy tannins, a rock-solid core palate and towering structure.
The large Shiraz component adds a spicy complexity and exotic edge, whilst the sprinkle of remaining Bordeaux varieties give finesse and depth. Roast beef and sugar-coated blueberries line the intense yet fleshy finish. Will age well for a decade of more.
- Cabernet Sauvignon 60%
- Shiraz 20%
- Merlot 5%
- Cabernet Franc 5%
- Malbec 5%
- Petit Verdot 5%
- Aged for 18 months – 70% in 300 litre French Oak barrels and 30% in 300 litre American Oak Barrels (50% new)
- Alcohol content: 14.51%
- Food pairing: Lamb and aromatic meats
- John Platter – 4 stars
- Wine Spectator – 91 Points
- International Wine & Spirit Competition – Commended