© 2017 by C Williams-Benskin

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A great red for a BBQ! The red and black fruits have a hint of spice, amazing with red BBQ meats.



Very mild summer, with early February heat moving into more moderate temperature later.

Rain towards the end of picking season made it a tricky period to judge picking. Late ripening

for cabernet sauvignon and cooler weather conditions providing us with very elegant tannins

and structure as a result.




This wine has a brilliant bright ruby red centre with a clear red edge



A beautiful collaboration of the typical characteristics of the three cultivars, the nose is showing lots of red berry flavors and black fruit originating from the Cabernet Sauvignon as well as upfront spice and dark cherries from the Shiraz and plum from the Merlot.



This wine has beautiful ripe, soft and mellowing tannins with good balance and a soft lingering finish. Spice, tobacco and cassis flavors are prominent. Balanced acidity and vibrant flavours compliment this elegant wine.


Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 38%, Shiraz 35%, Merlot 27%

Analysis: Alc: 14.47 % • TA: 5.4 g/l • RS: 2.8 g/l • pH: 3.88


These grapes were selected from distinct parcels with varying soil types.  This complexity in growing has resulted in a wonderful intricacy in the wine. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness to enable the correct balance between sugar and phenolics.

Individual varieties were bunch and berry sorted, crushed and destalked to tank. Fermentation was initiated after 3 days cold soaking. Minimal additions were made to preserve the true cultivar characteristics of the grapes and to minimize the man-made impact on the wine. After careful blending trials and numerous test tastings the final blend combined a variety of batches each contributing in its own unique way to make this a balanced, expressive and fruit driven wine. Maturation entailed 10 months in 3rd fill French oak barrels.


Slow cooked lamb stew with rich tomato herb and garlic sauce, green haricots and grilled polenta.

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