Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Ridgeback Wines is situated in the northern part of the picturesque town of Paarl in the Western Cape, on the northern slopes of the magnificent Paarl mountain. The farm extends over an area of 65 hectares. Retaining the rich heritage of the countryside’s proteas and fynbos, which flourish in the region. The vineyards are amongst the finest in the Cape, and the winery, which overlooks a small dam, is home to an abundance of water fowl which add to the beauty and peaceful ambience of this tranquil environment.
Ridgeback Wines has been awarded numerous accolades and medals since 2001, both locally and abroad. Esteemed winemaker, Toit Wessels, goes from strength to strength, refusing to settle for anything less than the best being released from the cellar.
Widely regarded as one of South Africa's best value Bordeaux blends which delivers a huge bang for buck, the award-winning North- South facing vineyard used for this wine is grown in deep Oakleaf soil and the shoots are vertically positioned. The vineyard is irrigated according to soil moisture availability schedules. Leaf plucking in the bunch zone and meticulous detail to the removal of any green berries enables efficient sunlight penetration into the canopy ensuring ripe tannins and optimal berry flavour at harvest
Maturation in 225 litre French oak barrels lasted for 13 months
Intense mulberry, plum and pepper spice with a hint of mint evolves to notes of Christmas cake and leather. The rich, juicy mid palate runs seamlessly onto a long, mineral finish.