Grangehurst Cabernet Merlot
Grangehurst Cabernet Merlot is a great aged Bordeaux blend from Jeremy Walker. Jeremy ages all his wines on site at the winery for many years, and typically only releases them once they’re at least ten years old! He is the only South African I know of making wines like this. The results are excellent. Big powerful wines, super smooth and fully integrated as the blend has had years to settle. Grangehurst wines are quite an experience and highly recommended. This Grangehurst Cabernet Merlot is full bodied and super smooth, drinking beautifully.
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Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) Merlot (20%) Petit Verdot (5%)
Selected from prime vineyard areas in Stellenbosch viz. the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain
and the Simonsberg. 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.
After destalking and crushing the grapes, the mash was fermented in open tanks for between 9
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 optimal 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 a
basket press. The press wine was blended with the free-run wine in stainless steel tanks before
being transferred to small oak barrels. The 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 unnatural fining agents, centrifuges or filters. This method of clarifying
wine prevents it from being stripped of flavours.
The various component wines were matured separately in 225 litre French oak barrels for 25
months prior to blending.
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 the label)
Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.9 g/l
The Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend has been part of the Grangehurst range since our maiden
vintage in 1992. As a young wine, still in barrel, the 1992 vintage was adjudged the SA
Champion Wine. The 1993 vintage was Wine Magazine’s first 5-star red wine and the 1995 was
a Platter 5-star wine. Other vintages of this wine have also been highly regarded, and
Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a fine quality Bordeaux-style wine with a good track
Dark ruby colour; complex aromas & flavours of black and red berries, cassis, mocha and
violets. A full-bodied barrel matured red wine with smooth, ripe tannins. Recommended drinking
8 to 15 years from vintage. Enjoy this wine with fine cuisine such as venison carpaccio, ovenroasted vegetable pasta, Moroccan chicken or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
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