Welbedacht Hattrick 2007
This classically styled Cape Blend of 50% Pinotage, 35% Syrah and 15% Merlot shows layers of ripe red and black cherries with orange peel and dark chocolate, delicately laced together by sweet cedar and oak spice. The palate is rich with lively acidity and lingering flavours of violets, lavender and coconut.
An average yield of 7-8tons/ha was harvested in the early morning, while temperatures were still low. The grapes were then gently destemmed and crushed.
Fermentation temperatures were moderate to promote elegance and temper harsh tannin extraction. Once pressed, the wine was racked to barrel, where it under went malo-lactic fermentation. Only second, third and fourth-fill barrels were used to enhance the wine’s natural finesse.
After 18 months in oak the wine was blended and given a light albumen (egg white) fining to round-off any unwanted tannins. Before bottling the wine was delicately filtered.
- Decanter World Wine Awards - Best South African Red Blend