Napier Winery: 'Red Medallion' 2013
Inviting Bordeaux-style blend with kirsch and cassis scents and a complex palate of baked earth, crushed mint and stewed black fruits over a framework of fondant tannins.
With 90 hectares of vines, including prime parcels on red 'Tukulu' and ancient 'Vilafontes' soils, planted with diverse international grape varieties, the estate has an enviably broad palette of fruit from which to blend its wines.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||South Africa|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef|
|Cellarage||Commendably, this red is aged prior to being released when it is ready to drink. However, winemaker Leon Bester asserts that it can be cellared for a further decade.|
|Vinification||After initial fermentation and maturation separately for 12 months after vintage, the different varieties are blended together and matured again in the cellar for a further 18-24 months in 300-litre medium-toast French oak barrels (60% first fill, 40% 2nd & 3rd fill) with another two years in bottle prior to release.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Located at the foot of the Bains Kloof Pass below the towering Hawequa mountains in the Wellington region of the Western Cape, 'Napier Vineyards' are named after Sir George Napier, who was the governor of the Cape from 1837-1843.
Around 90 ha of vineyards across 3 farms at Napier, Ranzadale and Bassano near Wellington are planted with Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Colombard, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. Soils vary from the red fertile 'Tukulu', 'Vilafontes' (one of the oldest soils in the world), plus weathered 'Malmesbury slate' and are mostly north-facing, aiding ripening.
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