Artisan Family Winery

Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon (93%) Merlot (7%) aged in oak for 34 months.

We are on the 2009 which is a fabulous wine


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Cabernet Sauvignon (93%) Merlot (7%)

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested mid-February to mid-March from Sunset
Vineyard (greater Simonsberg). This trellised vineyard was planted in 2002 and does not receive
any irrigation i.e. a dry land vineyard. Low yield (6 tons per hectare) provided good concentration
and balance with sugar levels of between 23ºB and 26ºB. The Merlot grapes came from two
vineyards – one bush vine and one trellised – both in the Simonsberg appellation.

Grapes were harvested by hand into baskets (± 18 kg each) then destemmed, sorted manually,
crushed (± 50% whole berries) and pumped to open fermenters; manual punchdowns (pigeage) 4
to 6 times per day for the duration of fermentation; average of 10 days on the skins, then drawn
off and pressed using wooden basket presses; free-run and press wines blended and racked into
225 litre barrels and stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation in barrels and tanks; barrel to
barrel and barrel to tank rackings to clarify and blend the wine.

Matured in French oak barrels for 34 months.

A selection of 21 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend
were racked and blended into a stainless steel bottling tank; from there the wine flowed by gravity
via a cartridge filter into the filler. A limited release bottling of 398 magnums and 6,504 bottles
produced and labelled under the Grangehurst black and gold “reserve” label.

Alcohol 14.6% vol (14.5% on label)
Residual Sugar 1.6 gram / litre
Total Acidity 6.0 gram / litre
pH 3.57

(May 2021): Medium-dark plum colour; slightly sweet red berries, cassis, violets with mocha, cedar
complexity from barrel maturation. A full-bodied, elegant wine with the balance and structure to
last up to 20 years if cellared under favourable conditions.

Location :
Heldeberg, Stellenbosch
Winery :
Winery Status :
Tiny family winery
Winemaker :
Jeremy Walker
Annual Production :
1269 bottles
Grapes :
Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) Merlot (12%)
Bottle Size :
Percentage Score :
Sustainable Farming :
Sulphite Level :
Very Low
Johns Rating :


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