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The Blend

Gabrielskloof, The Blend 2016

R110

8 in stock

Notes

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 17% Malbec and 14% Petit Verdot

The Blend is part of the Gabriëlskloof Estate range of wines, together with our Rosebud, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Syrah. This range offers a selection of boutique style wines that always over-deliver on quality and value.

Viticulture:
Botrivier has a Mediterranean climate, which means longer growing seasons with moderate to warm temperatures. The conditions leading up to the 2016 harvest were hot and dry, leading to smaller berries and more concentrated flavours.

Vinification:
All the fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermentation and ageing took place in barrel and in tank, and maturation over 12 months in second- and third-fill barrels.

Tasting notes from the 2015 vintage:
'Another very well priced red from Gabriëlskloof, this time made from four of the five Bordeaux varieties. (Merlot was relegated to bulk wine status.) Grassy, youthful and vigorous, it has good backbone, ripe cassis and mulberry fruit and just a hint of oak. 2017-21'. – Tim Atkin, Special South Africa Report 2017, 92/100

Analysis:
Alc: 14.5% RS: 1.5 g/L TA: 5.6 g/L pH: 3.46

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 17% Malbec and 14% Petit Verdot

The Blend is part of the Gabriëlskloof Estate range of wines, together with our Rosebud, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Syrah. This range offers a selection of boutique style wines that always over-deliver on quality and value.

Viticulture:
Botrivier has a Mediterranean climate, which means longer growing seasons with moderate to warm temperatures. The conditions leading up to the 2016 harvest were hot and dry, leading to smaller berries and more concentrated flavours.

Vinification:
All the fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermentation and ageing took place in barrel and in tank, and maturation over 12 months in second- and third-fill barrels.

Tasting notes from the 2015 vintage:
'Another very well priced red from Gabriëlskloof, this time made from four of the five Bordeaux varieties. (Merlot was relegated to bulk wine status.) Grassy, youthful and vigorous, it has good backbone, ripe cassis and mulberry fruit and just a hint of oak. 2017-21'. – Tim Atkin, Special South Africa Report 2017, 92/100

Analysis:
Alc: 14.5% RS: 1.5 g/L TA: 5.6 g/L pH: 3.46

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Country

ZA

Region

Botriver

Style

Red

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