Culinaria Grand Vin is a Wine of Origin Western Cape.
Grapes used for the production of this classic Bordeaux-style red blend
originate mainly from two regions, Stellenbosch and Swartland.
The blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (28%),
Merlot (26%), Cabernet Franc (22%), Petit Verdot (21%)
and Malbec (3%).
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot 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 Petit
Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes grow on bush vines
in the Swartland region. Close proximity to the Atlantic ocean allows
cooling evening breezes that enhance varietal characteristics.
Grapes 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 27 degrees Celsius.
During wine-making there was minimal intervention. After fermentation extended skin contact of fourteen days was allowed.
Malolactic fermentation 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 14 months’ maturation prior to bottling and release.
Grand Vin is a Bordeaux-style blend with complex layers.
Aromas of dark ripe plum and fruitcake blend beautifully with whiffs of cocoa.
The firm, elegant structure of this wine provides an interesting base for food-and-wine pairing.
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