A big structured, well rounded and elegantly balanced Cape Blend. Hints of cassis and dark chocolate compliment a great finish. This wine will age well for 10-15 years. An ideal match for lamb shank, oxtail or any game dish.
Wine Name: Beyerskloof Faith Cape Blend
Varietal(s): 34% Pinotage, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon & 33% Merlot.
Soil: Hutton, Clovelly and Kroonstad
Trellising: Pinotage bush vines – Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot on 5 wire hedge.
Colour: Dark Ruby red colour with bright edges.
Bouquet: Upfront Dark fruit combines well Spicy/cedar oak aromas at the end.
Tasting notes: Intense blackberry, cassis and plum flavours upon entry with delicate spice and cedar aromas from the new French oak. A big structured, well rounded and elegantly balanced Cape blend. Hints of mocha and dark chocolate compliment a great finish. This wine will age well for 10 – 15 years. An ideal match for lamb shank, oxtail or any game dish.
Vintage Notes: Good rainfalls and cool weather during winter ensured good nutrient storage by the vines. The early summer saw mild temperatures with some cool evenings emulating into an even budding period. Above average temperatures during summer and the latter ripening periods made for an early but intensive harvest. The 2011 harvest saw average yields of healthy grapes with good primary fruit aromas and concentration of the young wines. Should be a good vintage for the Cape Red Varietals.
Winemaking: Grapes were picked at optimum ripeness. Made in open fermenters, on the skinsfor 5-6 days at an average temp. of 27°C. Punching of the cap was done every2 hours to extract good colour and flavours from the grapes. After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks the wine aged in 100% new French oakfor 22 months. The Faith blend is a barrel selection of the best wines from the2011 vintage in the Beyerskloof cellar.