2015 Sir Thomas Cullinan

Sir Thomas Cullinan was our Great Grandfather. Originally from Ireland he came to South Africa as a boy and founded the Cullinan Diamond mine where the world’s largest uncut diamond was found, over 3000 carats. The Cullinan Diamond was cut into 2, the greater and lesser star of Africa, which are now the main diamonds in the Sceptre and Crown of the British crown jewels. An interesting piece of our family heritage here in Africa.

Bordeaux varietals have been a focus since the beginning of Remhoogte Wine Estate and hence this reserve being Right Bank inspired.

Vineyard

Aspect: South

Age: Both Vineyards are 20 years old

Yield: 4 tons per hectare

Notes: From the highest rows of the estates 2 highest vineyards, Merlot Block 15 and Cabernet Sauvignon Block 14. The exposure of these rows to all the elements combined with the steep gradient of the slope means the vines have a very tough life and give low yields.The bunches from these portions of these vineyards are typically light with small concentrated berries.

 

Cellar

Sorting: Bunches sorted on a conveyor belt and berries sorted on a vibrating sorting table. Berries uncrushed.

Fermentation: Fermented wild in 500 litre open top French oak barrels. 15 to 20 day post fermentation maceration on the skins done in the same barrels.

Maturation: 25 months in 60 percent new 225 litre French oak barriques.

Production: 5450 Bottles.

Tasting Notes & Analysis

Colour: Deep opaque violet/red

Nose: The nose starts with mulberry and blackcurrants with herbal notes of thyme, sage and buchu all backed by oaky notes of coconut and cedar.

Palate: The palate is concentrated and intense, a function of the 2015 vintage. Sweet fruit, black cherries, plums and fruit cake with savoury notes, olives and black pepper on the entry, followed by a broad grainy tannin with a medium plus acidity that leads into a finish that lasts for ages.

 

Analysis 14.5 % Alc.; pH 3.59; R.S. 1.76 g/l; 5.55  g/l TA; 0.64 g/L VA; 29 mg/L FSO2; 98 mg/L TSO2.