Always exciting when a respected wine Estate like Oldenburg Vineyards releases a new range of very different wines. The <CLo Is the concept range. The representation of an idea. The idea being that Banghoek, part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, is cooler than the Stellenbosch on the other side of the Simonsberg.
The Cabrière, is a blend of 87% Syrah and 13% Merlot, grapes hand harvested from the Estate. Bunches were sorted in the vineyard at the time of harvesting and then after destalked, berries were sorted, the berries were crushed and taken to fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation took place partly in the tanks and partly in the barrel. Maturation took place in 15% new oak with the balance being a combination of previously filled 500 litre and 300 litre barrels, all made from French oak. After maturation, the wine was prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is minimalist in black with white printing. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum colour at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. The aromas are of dark berry fruits, mulberries and roadside brambles. The palate has a generosity of the mid palate fruit wrapped in cashmere clad tannins with a golden thread of freshness running through from entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste. The wine is made for immediate drinking, though if cool cellared for a year or two, it will reward you in the future.
Chill it and drink it while you wait for the braai fires to come to temperature. It is a perfect food wine and will take well to ribs, boerewors or a couple of plump lamb chops off the braai. As cooler nights are setting in, you might look at a casserole for the Oldenburg Vineyards <CLo Red 2017. Alida Ryder’s Succulent Slow Roasted Greek Lamb and potatoes with garlic, rosemary & lemon is the perfect Easter Match for this wine. Click HERE for her recipe.
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