Gabriëlskloof The Blend Walker Bay 2019
Region: Walker Bay, Bot River, Cape South Coast, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Cabernet Franc 8% Malbec 6% Petit Verdot
This Bordeaux blend has aromas of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and nutmeg. The palate is structured with firm tannins and vivid acidity, leading to a long finish.
The Gabriëlskloof winery is in the Bot River ward, where prevailing southerly winds from the nearby Atlantic Ocean create a mesoclimate perfectly suited to low-yielding vineyards. There are a variety of different soils on the farm. The Cabernet Franc vines are planted on a combination of Bokkeveld Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone, resulting in perfumed and spicy aromatics.
Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. The talented Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, Bernhard’s son in law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. Peter-Allan is now Cellar Master and oversees general management of the property, while the young and no less talented Nina Muller was promoted to winemaker. The farm has 178 hectares, with 68 hectares planted with vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the support of fulltime vineyard consultant Rosa Kruger. Their aim is to move to organic farming in the future.