For my Advent Calendar #8, I bring you an organic wine from the deep red Tukulu soils of Papkuilsfontein situated just 25km from the sea, Earthbound Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. The wine is organically certified by Lacon and all the Earthbound Wines are Fairtrade and WIETA accredited, which means that they look after their vineyards as well as their people. The wine was made in an SGS-certified cellar. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks into which the juice was pressed, the wine is then given three month of maturation using French Oak. As with all organic wines, and indeed with many wines now, total Sulphur levels are kept down to 100 parts per million.
Earthbound winemaker Heinrich Kulsen believes there is only so much you can do to influence the making of a wine. The rest is up to Mother Nature. Raised in Paarl in the Boland Heinrich considered a career in either drama or chemistry before entering wine, which is, according to some, the perfect make-up of a master winemaker. He lists working a harvest in France as a career highlight, but prefers referring to his craft as a “calling” instead of a “career”.
From a screw capped Bordeaux bottle with a bright modern label in red. In the glass, the wine has a deeply coloured bloodplum core which pales out to a purple garnet edge. On the nose, the classical Cabernet whiffs, blackcurrant, blueberries and a fynbos herbaceousness. On the palate, from entry, there is a generosity of red fruit, cherries, berries and blueberries. Tannins wrapped in cashmere with the fruit, the acidity and the fullness all meld together in a long and gently waning aftertaste.
Certainly, a food red wine. Do chill it for about 30 minutes before serving. Anina Meyer’s Beef Burgers are the perfect match. She offers a variety of ideas, click here.
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