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2014 Wines

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Conservation Coast Chardonnay

2014

An expressive cool climate terroir driven wine. Pale gold in colour. Hints of nougat and candied sweets on the nose, custard and sultana notes on the mid palate develop into smooth lingering flavours of vanilla pods and panettone cake. Delicate toasty notes balance the sweetness of the fruit. Rich and enticing. A Chardonnay experience.

Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

Conservation Coast
R390

Maturation

The lees was stirred every day for two weeks directly after fermentation and then twice a week for three months thereafter. The wine was then racked off its lees, given a light sulphuring and allowed four months maturation before being given a light filtration and bottled.

Food Pairing

Creamy, buttery fish dishes.

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Whalehaven Cabernet Franc

2014

Dark red in colour with complimentary aromas of dusty green peppers and sweet vanilla on the nose. Enticing flavours of ripe plums and dark forest floor berries on the palate. A well-balanced Cabernet franc with good fruit, freshness, structure and great ageing potential.

Varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc

Whalehaven
R198

Maturation

The grapes were cold soaked for 4 days prior to fermentation. They were then pressed and put straight into barrels for malo-lactic (secondary) fermentation. The wine was racked immediately after malo-lactic and placed in mainly French (60%) and American (40%) with 1st (35%), 2nd (40%) and 3rd (25%) fill oak barrels for 12 months of maturation after which the wine was lightly filtered and bottled.

Food Pairing

Lamb Chop, Pork Chop, Mushroom Risotto

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Abalone Red

2014

Deep red in colour with a dark rim. Rich black and blueberry notes with a hint of cedar on the nose which evolves into dark fruits and plums on the palate. A seductive wine with a rich mid-palate, smooth velvety tannins and a lengthy finish.

Varieties: Pinotage & Merlot

Abalone
R110

Maturation

The grapes were crushed separately and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Malo-lactic took place in tanks on French and American oak staves. Maturation took place in 4th and 5th fill French, Hungarian and American 225L oak barrels for 10 months, before the wine was given a light fining and filtered for bottling.

Food Pairing

Braised lamb.

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2014

Old Harbour Rosé

2015

Rose water red in colour with hints of red currants and clementine on the nose. A medium-bodied rosé with mouth-watering flavours of nougat and ripe strawberries on the palate. Serve chilled.

Varieties: 100% Mourvèdre

Old Harbour
R73

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2015

Old Harbour Red

2015

A mouth filling wine with aromas of ripe blackcurrants, liquorice and pepper notes followed by flavours of blackberries and prunes lingering over a velvety smooth finish. A wine to enjoy.

Varieties: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Old Harbour
R73

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2015

Conservation Coast Pinot Noir

2013

A cool climate terroir driven wine. Rustic garnet colour with hints of purple on the edges. Floral and fruity notes of ripe cherries and plums give way to spicy tones of cinnamon and cloves. The fruit spectrum deepens in the mouth, yielding savoury, earthy flavours which complete a well-balanced wine with a full mid palate and silky tannins. A Pinot noir experience.

Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir

Conservation Coast
R390

Maturation

Fermentation took 14 days to complete before the wine was pressed and left to settle for two days. Thereafter the wine was inoculated with MLF bacteria and moved to barrel for Malo-Lactic fermentation. Once complete, the wine is then racked and sulphured before returning to barrel for a further 9-10 months of maturation before being filtered and bottled.

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Abalone White

2014

Light yellow in colour and a tinge of green. Aromas of green melon and orange blossom followed by flavours of guava, pear and pineapple. Floral, Fresh, aromatic and fruity, this unwooded blend has a fine mid – palate structure with good length. Serve chilled and enjoy the evolution of flavours.

Varieties: Chenin Blanc & Viognier

Abalone
R110

Maturation

Ageing took place in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for 2 months. After a light filtration the wine was bottled.

Food Pairing

Fish & chicken.

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2014