Cavalier 2020

R195.00

Annandale Cavalier is an elegant red blend of noble varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon(50%) forms the backbone of the wine ascribing smoky cedar wood, smooth tannins yet dark berry fruit and toasted mocha to the blend. Merlot(35%) is responsible for an earthy, rich aroma with hints of red and dark berries. Shiraz (15%) adds a dark plumb bouquet with a bit of spice and honey on the pallet.

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Description

Vineyards:

One of the oldest farms in the Helderberg, dating back to 1688 and situated in the area’s famed Golden Triangle. We specialise in red wines.

Our grapes were handpicked from trellised vineyards which grow on the Westerly slopes at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. 

Aged in a combination of 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French Oak barrels.

Winemakers comments:

A smooth, elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (35%) and Shiraz (15%) grown in decomposed granite. Lively black and red fruits, smoky cedar wood, mocha and spice on the nose and palate. Aged in a combination of new and older French oak.

Our blend is well suited to a wide range of palettes and is the ideal pairing to any red meat dish.

Colour: Deep ruby red

Bouquet: Ripe red fruit with hints of cigar and dark chocolate

Taste: Red and black fruit supported by soft tannins, with a well-balanced finish.

Analysis

Analysis:

Alc:   14 % by vol

Residual sugar:   2.4g/l

Total acidity:   5.2g/l

pH:  37. 3 

Extract:  30.2 g/l

Background Information

Annandale is said to be the oldest farm in the premium red-wine producing Helderberg Valley. Governor Simon van der Stel granted the title to Jan Wismaar, the property’s first owner, in 1688. The farm was known as Brakelsdal until the early 1800s, when the then the owner fell in love with a girl from the Annan River Valley in Scotland, and changed the name of the property accordingly. A manor house built in the middle of the 1700s and a cellar which predates 1700 can be found on Annandale to this day, adding to the old world charm of the estate.

At the height of its production in the early 20th century, Annandale supported over 500,000 vines on about 100 hectares of land. After the Second World War, part of the Annandale property became a shelter for abandoned and abused horses and home to a riding school. In 1996 Hempies du Toit purchased the property and restored it to its winemaking roots, although the horse image on the Annandale logo still reflects this part of the farm’s heritage