Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Pinotage 34% Shiraz 23% Merlot 8% aged in oak (97% French & 3% American) for 33 months.
We are on the 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Pinotage 34% Shiraz 23% Merlot 8%
Selected from prime Helderberg and Simonsberg vineyards in Stellenbosch. The southerly
summer sea-breezes that blow over the cool waters of False Bay contribute greatly to the quality
of the grapes from these vineyards – especially those in the Helderberg.
After destalking and crushing the grapes, the mash was fermented in open tanks for between 5
and 14 days on the skins. The cap of skins was punched down and mixed with the juice 4 to 6
times per day to ensure optimum extraction of colour, tannin and flavours. After completion of the
alcoholic fermentation, the free-run wine was drawn off and the skins were gently pressed in basket
presses. The press wine was blended with the free-run wine in stainless steel tanks before being
transferred to small oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurred in tanks and barrels.
This wine was clarified according to the natural settling and racking method, which does not involve
the use of any fining agents, centrifuges or filters – a natural, unhurried method of clarifying wine.
The various component wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz and Merlot – were matured
in 225 litre barrels (97% French & 3% American) for 33 months.
Bottled at Grangehurst using a gentle gravity flow filling system. The wine flowed from the elevated
bottling tanks through a cartridge filter to the hand filler and into the bottles. This was the only
stage during the entire winemaking process that the wine was filtered.
Alcohol: 14.3% by volume (14.0% on label)
Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.7 g/l
Nikela 2007 is a “Cape Blend” of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz & Merlot. The word
“Nikela” (pronounced “Ni-care-la”) is a Nguni (Xhosa/Zulu) word meaning “to offer a gift of
dedication, respect or a tribute to one’s ancestors” - this wine being a tribute to winemaker Jeremy
Walker’s late parents, Eddie and Betty, who contributed greatly to the establishment of
Grangehurst, which was named after their childhood homes - “The Grange” and “Hurst Close” - in
Dark ruby/mulberry colour; red berries with some mint, cedar and mocha aromas & flavours. A fullbodied barrel matured red wine with smooth, ripe tannins. Recommended drinking 6 to 15 years
from vintage. Enjoy this wine with fine cuisine such as yellow fin tuna ravioli, balsamic pan seared
chicken livers, grilled kabeljou or slow-roasted lamb shanks.
|Winery status||Tiny family winery|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Pinotage 34% Shiraz 23% Merlot 8%|
|Style||Big, rich and smooth|
|Sulphite level||Very Low|