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Gabriëlskloof `The Blend` Walker Bay 2020

Gabriëlskloof `The Blend` Walker Bay 2020

A 2020 Western Cape South African ‘Bordeaux’ blend.

ABV 14.5%. Contains sulfites.

Drink this at 16-17°C and between now and 2025

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Gabriëlskloof winery, in Bot River, benefits from cool southerly winds from the Atlantic creating an ideal climate for low-yielding vineyards. The Cabernet Franc vines grow in a mix of Bokkeveld Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone, resulting in perfumed and spicy aromas. Despite reduced yields due to preceding droughts, winter rainfall started replenishing soil water reserves in 2020. A slow ripening process in dry summer conditions produced small, concentrated berries. Hand picked grapes were de-stemmed and fermented with native yeast. The wine then aged for 18 months in old French barriques, showcasing optimal fruit quality.

Under the stewardship of winemaker Nina Muller, Gabriëlskloof continues its legacy of producing exceptional wines. The Bordeaux blend, curated by Nina, is a great example of the estate's commitment to quality winemaking and sustainability.

The full body and rich flavours stand up well to red meats, game and herby or mushroom based vegetarian dishes.

South Africa’s wine industry has burgeoned since the end of apartheid and skilled winemakers excel with blends. Quality-driven red Bordeaux blends have proven to be among the nation’s best, with characteristic New World fruit and concentration balanced by Old World complexity.

The Western Cape is a visual feast with its red-hued mountains, sprawling vineyards, and coastal areas meeting two oceans, all framed by rugged cliffs. Ancient soils, a sunny Mediterranean climate, and breezy winds make it a top wine spot. Chenin Blanc reigns supreme in the Cape, but the Bordeaux and Rhone style blends, and the quirky “Cape Blend” are racking up impressive scores.

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