David Frost Wine

Par Excellence Cape Blend 2015

Par Excellence Cape Blend 2015

A blend of Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with Pinotage dominating this vibrant but balanced blend. A robust dark red wine with a full-bodied tannin structure, intrigued with complex dark red fruits that is complimented with ripe berries, sweet spices, mineral notes and hints of dark chocolate shavings with a smooth velvety finish. Available in U.S.A October 2016.

Vineyards

Majority of the grapes are sourced from vineyards on north and south-east facing back slopes of the Tygerberg hills which are typical of the prime viticultural land that characterizes the maritime Durbanville wine ware influenced by the cold Atlantic Ocean just six miles away. Cooled in summer by moisture-laden, seasonal coastal mists and south-eastern breezes, these hills benefit from a typically Mediterranean climate with generous rainfall during frost-free winters and dry, warm summers. Deep and well-drained soils capture and retain water well into the summer, creating just the right balance between moisture and stress for the vine to naturally produce healthy and flavorful fruit.

Winemaking

The wines are handcrafted from start to finish. Grapes are hand picked and bunches and berries undergo a second sorting, also by hand, at the cellar. Pinotage grapes undergo maceration and gentle crushing after which they are fermented in open fermenters at varietally optimal temperatures. Maturation then takes place for approximately 13 months in 50% new, 225l French oak barriques.

Tastingnote

A blend of Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with Pinotage dominating this vibrant but balanced blend. A robust dark red wine with a full-bodied tannin structure, intrigued with complex dark red fruits that is complimented with ripe berries, sweet spices, mineral notes and hints of dark chocolate shavings with a smooth velvety finish.

Analysis

14.5% Alcohol by Volume
4.0 Residual Sugar
5.2 Titratable Acidity
3.72 pH Balance