The <CL° range of wines is the representation of an idea for Oldenburg Vineyards. < means less that, CL is the Stellenbosch motor registration number and the ° represents degrees Celsius. This says, we are colder than Stellenbosch. The Banghoek Valley is on the Eastern cooler side of the Simonsberg, cooler climate, cooler wines! The grapes take longer to ripen on the vines making for fuller flavour and colour in terms of the reds. The prolonged drought was only broken after the 2018 harvest, so there was a smaller crop on Oldenburg. The dry weather allowed for vine health with little or no pests or vine diseases. A crop of high quality in which the berries were smaller, with concentrated colour and flavour intensity. The Oldenburg Vineyards <CL° Red 2018 is made up of 52% Syrah, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Grapes were hand harvested with careful sorting of the bunches in the vineyard and the berries later sorted by hand to ensure that only the best fruit went through for fermentation. After gentle crushing and stalk removal, the wines were separately vinified in stainless steel tanks. The wines were matured for 16 months in 19% new 300 litre French oak barrels. This was followed by preparation for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a black screw cap. The label is elegant, black with white printing – made me think of a precision-made motor car. In the glass, a dark ruby at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. The aromas are of a delicious German dessert, the well-known Rote Grütze, bright fruited red berries, cherries. From entry the refreshing acidity runs through to the long aftertaste. The palate is generous with sappy berries in the midpalate and a refined undertow of oak and its concomitant brown spices and vanilla. Eminently drinkable now, though would reward you in future with a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Oldenburg Vineyards <CL° Red 2018 is a food wine. Chill it slightly for greater enjoyment. The leading grape, Syrah, as a wine loves spicy food. So, a fine, fruity Cape Curry would be a delicious partner. Or, try my Indian Beef Curry in which I move away from the traditional Cape curries. Click HERE for my recipe.
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