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The grapes were handpicked at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavour and freshness. Upon crushing, a temperature of 10 °C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact in French oak tanks for 10 days. Varying from stainless steel, this approach provides improved colour and flavour stability. Upon fermentation, flavour and colour are allowed to develop for a period of 4 weeks before the wine is transferred to 40% new and 60% second and third fill French oak barrels for 16-22 months. The use of new French oak allows the wine to retain certain flavours and extract tannin from the oak, resulting in a fuller mid pallet. By using only 40% new oak, the fruits within the wine are respected ensuring the wine is complex yet settled with great ageing potential.
A characterful expression of SA’s national grape. A parade of damson and mulberry fruit, and subtle marshmallow, sweet spice and powerful, integrated tannins.
A warm-climate Sauvignon blanc giving a riper, bright yellow grape juice lends itself to a ‘Blanc-Fume’ style, a method often used in Bordeaux. A departure in style from the classic Cape Sauvignon makes for a unique wine. The result is a distinctive Sauvignon Blanc - a pretty nose of elderflower, yellow peach, lime and vanilla, with a broad, textured palate and coated acidity.
Red and black fruit, purple flowers, spice and white pepper on the nose. The palate is pure and fresh with lovely fine tannins, the finish gently savoury.
Delicate sweet spices with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and white pepper combined with black cherry and blackberry on the nose. The palate develops slight notes of chocolate and intense black fruits nicely enveloped by silky tannins.
The Cape Blend by Marianne flows into the glass with a nice, powerful red. The red wine cuvée from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage impresses with wonderful and multi-layered notes of red and dark fruits as well as with its balanced structure, lively acidity and silky tannins. A perfect red wine with lamb in rosemary, game or a delicious steak. But even with a hearty cheese platter, the Marianne Cape Blend is the ideal companion.
The grape varietals were handpicked separately at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavor and freshness. Subsequent processing, fermentation and maturation was also carried out individually for each varietal. Upon crushing , a temperature of 10 °C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact in French oak tanks for 10 days for optimum color and flavor extraction. Upon fermentation, color and character is allowed to develop for a further period of 3 weeks before the wine is transferred to 100% new French oak barrels for 16-22 months. The use of new French oak allows the wine to retain certain flavoursand extract tannin from the oak. Being our flagship red, much care and attention is taken in selecting the finest barrels containing maximum flavor and character.