La Vierge NYMPHOMANE 2014
International Wine & Spirits Competition | Silver
Vitis Vinifera | Gold
This exciting new blend explores the marriage of Bordeaux varietiesfrom vines situated in the Hemel en Aarde Ridge. This wine shows the balanced and structured contribution of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with the fruity flesh from the Malbec.This wine expresses the typical Cabernet Sauvignon profile of blueberry and mulberry, while the Cabernet Franc shows floral and subtle dried herb characters.The Merlot and Malbec bring the vibrant red berry and juiciness to the palate.
The fine grained tannins and an elegant mineral core will see this wine drinking well on release and developing for at least 5 -7 years.
35.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22.5% Cabernet Franc, 22.5% Malbec, 22.5% Merlot
Enjoy this wine with red meat, venison and cheese platters.
In The Vineyard
Soil Type: Arenaceous shale of the Bokkeveld series.
Aspect: North and North West
Trellising System: Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines: 8 years
Vines per hectare: 5500
The varieties are grown in the Hemel en Aarde Ridge, 10km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is “temperate” in style, where the southerly maritime winds blow through the appellations during the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the vineyards and with it more even temperatures. The average summer temperature is 19° C and rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.
About The Harvest
All grapes varieties were harvested separately by hand enjoying cool early morning temperatures.
Average Yield 4 – 5 tons/ha (26 – 33 hl/ha)
In The Cellar
After overnight cold storage they were de-stemmed and crushed into red ferment tanks. Cold maceration occurred for 5 – 7 days. The wine was then fermented under controlled temperatures until dry. The skins were then lightly pressed and the wine racked into a selection of French Oak Barriques (50% new barrels) for 15 months ageing and maturation. Final blending occurred 2 months prior to bottling and the wine was allowed to develop further in bottle prior to release.