Cape Chamonix Troika

Platter 5 Stars

91 Points Tim Atkin

Cape Chamonix Troika is a great Bordeaux Blend. New world fruit with a slight heat typical of top South African red wines. Very smooth with a long finish. Well worthy of it's five star rating in my opinion.

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Cape Chamonix Troika 

Platter 5 Stars

91 Points Tim Atkin

Hand-picked in March at an average yield of about 5 tons per hectare.

Vineyards: Grapes are selected from separate plots; Cabernet Franc 2 hectares, Cabernet Sauvignon 2.4 hectares and Petit Verdot 1 hectare in deep, strong, partially clay soils at an altitude of 380-450 metres above sea level.

The vines, between 14 and 25 years, are planted at densities of 3500- 5000 per hectare and trained in the traditional Cordon method.

Vinification and Aging: The grapes are bunch-selected and berry sorted by hand on sorting tables. Grapes are soft crushed and the must fermented in stainless steel and concrete fermenters at 28° C for 12-22 days on the skins with frequent pumping of the cap. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during 18 months of maturation in 225l French oak barrels with about 60% new oak. The batches are assembled before bottling to enhance the complexity of a wine of about 14.5% alcohol.

Style and maturity: The Chamonix Troika (meaning: Russian sleigh pulled by three horses) has deep ruby mulberry colour when young, with scents that recall vanilla, sweet ripe cherries, blackberries and other spices. The wine is amply structured; full, round and smooth on the palate with rich fruit and berry sensations, fine harmony and length of flavour. Although impressive young, it should reach a prime at 10-15 years.


More Information
Location Franschoek
Winery Chamonix
Winery status Independently owned
Winemaker Thinus Neethling
Annual production Tiny
Grapes 50% Cab Franc, 30% Cab Sauv, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
Product awards Platter 5 Stars, 91 Points Tim Atkin
Gold Medals
Style Powerful and smooth
ABV 14.5
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2014
Percentage score 92
Sulphite level Low
John's Rating
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