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Gabriëlskloof The Blend Walker Bay 2017

Gabriëlskloof The Blend Walker Bay Cabernet Sauvignon2017

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The nose is plush and perfumed with blackcurrant, red cherry, dried peach and anise.A medium-bodied palate with firm, fine tannins and hints of dark chocolate. Finishes with a fresh but lingering aftertaste.

Tech

Country
Region
Sub-Region
Walker Bay
Vintage
2017
Blend Info.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec
Alcohol by Vol.
15%
Bottle Vol.
750ml

Producer

Gabriëlskloof

Gabriëlskloof Estate Vineyards is the achievement of close collaboration between South African Bernhard Heyns and Local farmer Barry Anderson. The vineyards are located in Botrivier, on the Western Cape. The majority of grapes planted are red Bordeaux and Rhône varieties, perfectly suited to the local climate.

The Gabriëlskloof team (currently led by Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum fame) is committed to a sustainable viticulture by keeping use of insecticides, weed killers and fertiliser to a minimum. They’re part of  WWF Conservation Champion farm under a voluntary membership model which support their wine practice with a land and water stewardship programme. Gabriëlsklooft aim to grow vines in harmony with nature to protect the natural habitats of the area and the biodiversity that lives there. 

If you are interested to know more about Gabriëlskloof and their range you can visit their website here.

Region

Walker Bay

Walker Bay, located on the southern coast of the Western Cape, is one of the most picturesque wine growing regions anywhere in the world. The region is most famous for its premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, along with a very old-world style of Sauvignon Blanc competing with the best of the Loire Valley. 

The proximity to the ocean means that the vineyards are subject to heavy maritime influence - the long and sunny summers are cooled by fresh ocean breezes. It is a prolonged growing season, allowing for full ripeness as well as freshness of acidity - the hallmarks of great wine. 

The region’s most notable vineyards are located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, running east-west from the coast. Soils in the region are largely local shale and sandstone, with clay subsoils allowing for crucial water retention. 

The main town in the region, Hermanus, is famous for its whale watching and has helped turn Walker Bay into a major tourism area, to the benefit of its many wineries.