The Beyerskloof Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend is the newest member to our family. An exciting addition in our innovative ap- proach to wine making. This classic blend, well crafted and smooth, seamlessly complements rich tannin and cassis flavours with fruit and berry notes. A lovely wine to enjoy every day.
Wine Name: Beyerskloof Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Varietal(s): 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot
Soil: Hutton, Clovelly and Kroonstad
Trellising: 5 wire hedge
Colour: Dark ruby red.
Bouquet: Vibrant, ripe plums and cassis reminds of Chirstmas-pudding with nutty textures and a hint of spice.
Tasting notes: A clean entrance on the palate with some blackcurrant and oaky characters. Medium bodied and drinkable with firm ripe tannins, good acidity and a firm structure. A great companion to meat dishes or pasta.
Vintage Notes: This was the driest winter, spring and summer since the start of the farm in 1988.We had half of our yearly rainfall which meant that we had to irrigate all our Vineyards for at least 48 hours. 2016 was once again an early vintage. Warm/dry weather in August resulted in early bud break, after which a warm
dry summer kept the vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by 10-14 days. The driest season in Beyerskloof history resulted in a healthy vintage, but very uneven ripening for the later cultivars due to the lack of water. Early cultivars like the Pinot Noir and Pinotage looks very good and due to sorting system demos we could salvage some good Cab’s and Merlot!
Winemaking: Different systems of skin contact and fermentation in open fermenters, roto tanks and fermentomatics. 4 to 5 days on skins at 25°C. After malolactic fermentation the wine was treated with oak.