Maestro Red 2015

TASTING NOTES

 


This wine has notes of cassis with rich, red fruit, dried herbs, perfume and plums on the nose. The palate is soft and silky with integrated flavours of cigar box and black fruit.

Winemaker:              Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend:         42% Cabernet Sauvignon
                                     29% Merlot
                                     15% Malbec
                                     10% Petit Verdot
                                      4% Cabernet Franc
Appellation:              Stellenbosch
Alcohol content:      14%
TA                                   5.6 g/l
Ph                                   3.6
RS                                  1.8 g/l

VINEYARDS

 


These vineyards are situated on the farm DeMorgenzon in the Stellenboschkloof. Soils are mostly weathered granite which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour. The trellised vineyards are managed to ensure natural high acidity and full flavour concentration.

VINTAGE

 


2015 was one of the earliest vintages on record and careful attention had to be paid in the vineyards to ensure ripe fruit was harvested. This was achieved through effective crop thinning and selective harvest. Soil moisture levels had to be managed to extend the ripening as late as possible. Disease pressure was low and fruit health and fruit concentration was excellent. The earlier vintage resulted in more prominent tannins, hence the extraction in the winery was adjusted accordingly.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

 


Fruit was carefully hand sorted and naturally fermented, whole berry. Post fermentation maceration was allowed for two weeks, followed by gentle pressing. Maturation was for a total of 18 months in French oak, in a selection of 300 litre casks and 3000 litre Foudres. The wine was bottled with minimal fining and a minimal filtration.

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 


2015

  • 4 Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2018
  • 93 Points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2017

2014

  • 91 Points Neal Martin for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2016
  • Best Stellenbosch Red International Wine Challenge 2015

2013

  • 91 points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2015

2011

  • Top 6 Bordeaux Style Red Blend Classic Wine 2014
  • 91 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2014
  • 89 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
  • Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
  • Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2013
  • SilverMedal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013