2013 Culinaria Grand Vin

Grand Vin is a Bordeaux-style blend with complex layers. Aromas of black currant and prune blend beautifully with whiffs of date and star anise. The classic, elegant structure of this wine provides an interesting base for food-and-wine pairing.

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VarietyThe blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (53%), Petit Verdot (22%), Malbec (20%) and Cabernet Franc (5%)
Alcohol13,5% Vol
Sugar2,8 g/l
Acidity5,4 g/l
VinificationThe Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon components come from the Stellenbosch region. Well-drained soil types and cool, south-facing slopes, unexposed to direct afternoon sunlight, create ideal growing conditions for these two varieties. The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes grow on bush vines in the Swartland region. Close proximity to the Atlantic ocean allows cooling evening breezes that enhance varietal characteristics.
AgeingGrapes were hand-picked – the varieties were harvested separately at unique optimal ripeness and at an average of 25 degrees Balling. Each variety was fermented separately at an average of 28 degrees Celsius. During wine-making there was minimal intervention. After fermentation, extended skin contact of fourteen days was allowed. Malolactic fermentation, over a period of nine months, took place in first-fill (40%) and second fill (60%) French oak barrels. Thereafter, blending took place and the wine was returned to the barrels for a further 12 months' maturation prior to bottling and release.
Food PairingThis classic blend is elegant in character and its friends on the dinner table are good quality aged steak (especially Chateaubriand), meat roasts with garlic and herbs, hard cow’s milk cheeses such as Cheddar and Emmenthal and of course its traditional best match, lamb, especially when prepared with rosemary or thyme.

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