There are a number of great assets to being a wine farm on the slopes of the Helderberg in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Good well drained soils, and maritime afternoon breezes of False Bay which affect vineyards well into the depths of Stellenbosch and beyond. These cooling breezes ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards and allow longer hang time for the bunches which results in greater colour and flavour in the resulting wine. Groenvlei Farm, home to Peter Falke Wines, is up the Annandale Road which is easily recognisable by the strawberry farm and its scarecrows. The grapes for the Peter Falke PF Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, an acknowledged grow and are harvested in this magical place.
The vineyards are given immaculate care by GM and Winemaker Werner Schrenk and his team. During harvesting the bunches are sorted at picking time to avoid damaged grapes. In the cellar, after destalking, the berries are sorted again to ensure that only the best go through to the winemaking process which results in only some 7,000 bottles. Fermentation resulted in soft and gentle tannins in a wine packed with flavour. Maturation took place in a mix of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fill barrels. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with the classic elegant Peter Falke livery. In the glass, the wine is a deep ruby at the core which pales out to garnet at the edges.
It smells like
Classical Cabernet whiffs of blackcurrant, blueberries and finely and sensitively applied oak.
It tastes like
Generous mouth feel from entry to the long and gentle waning aftertaste. The oak and its concomitant spices and vanilla support perfectly the sumptuous fruit and the cashmere clad tannins. A great expression of a great vintage year.
It’s good with
This is a serious post prandial sipper, perhaps with a snappy bar of dark chocolate. However, it is a sublime food wine. And will go with any number of dishes on the menu, including that slice of Dalewood Fromage Huguenot Cheese – perhaps the 6-month aged version – just before dessert. And if the dessert happens to be a rich chocolate one, the wine will take you through it. Nadia Graves of Maison Travers in France is a great cook and she teaches at home as well. She is about to move further south towards the Riviera quite soon. Nadia Travers’s Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine & Port is a good match with the Peter Falke PF Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Click here for her recipe.
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