Oldenburg Vineyards, while in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, finds itself a little divorced geographically from the main Stellenbosch Vineyards by the iconic Simonsberg. At the top of the Banghoek Valley, Oldenburg experiences cooler weather which is of great value to the vineyards. Apart from a longer hang period for the grapes which allows for fuller flavours in the resulting wine. And the Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is certainly packed with flavour. The child of what is being referred to as the best vintage of this century in spite of the worst drought in the Western Cape in living memory. The drought mercifully is over, though the effects on the vines will last for another couple of years, provided we get rain there.
At Oldenburg Vineyards, the belief is that great wines can only come from the best quality grapes. Intervention in the vineyards is minimal, to reflect the full potential of the mountain terroir. The Oldenburg Vineyards Series is a true expression of terroir through the Estate’s range of single variety wines. The confluence of the 8 Natural Elements that determine the unique terroir is explored through these wines and their real sense of place. The 8 elements are depicted on the intricate Oldenburg Vineyards Series label design. Wines made in an uncompromising manner, intending to showcase the finest characteristics of each cultivar. The grapes for the Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 were harvested by hand and sorted carefully by hand. After destemming and crushing, the mash was cold-soaked for 3 days before fermentation was initiated. Pump overs were performed three times per day during fermentation. Once fermented, the wine was racked for 20 months into 300l French oak barrels, of which 40% were new oak, 40% were 3rd fill barrels and the remaining 20% were 4th fill barrels. The wines were then blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The 8 elements of which I spoke earlier are depicted on the intricate Oldenburg Vineyards Series label design. In the glass, the wine is a gen bright deep bloodplum in colour at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. A visual joy. Red fruit and scrunched fynbos herbs are found on the nose. The wine from entry enchants. There is a golden thread of acidity running though the broad generous mid-palate where a mélange of red and black berries are to be found, supported by the judicious use of oak in a supportive role. In the long aftertaste, fruit acidity, oak and fine tannins are all interwoven and fade gently. The wine will reward you later if you give it a year or two of cool cellaring.
This is a grand wine and needs the support of either the traditional Sunday Roast lunch or a well prepared mid-week supper when you are feeling that a sublime wine like this is needed after a busy day. Nina Timm’s Oriental Beef Casserole is the perfect answer as a partner to the Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Click HERE for her recipe.
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