Vondeling Petit Rouge 2017
|Style||Soft, fruity and everyday drinking|
|Grape||Merlot 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%|
|Food||Can be enjoyed at many levels, but goes exceptionally well with a traditional South African braai of wors and chops. Alternatively try a winter dish of slow-roasted, marrow- enriched oxtail casserole with fresh farm-style bread.|
|Awards||John Platter Wine Guide 2018 3 Stars|
The Merlot vineyards used for this blend are planted in a combination of well-weathered granite soils and beautiful “koffie klip” (shale) slopes. The Merlot vineyards are planted exclusively on granite-derived, South-West facing slopes.
The grapes were picked at approximately 24°B, with vibrant flavours of ripe, red fruits. Hand picking, under the watchful eye of the winemaker, ensures that only the finest fruit is delivered to the cellar.
The grapes are destemmed, but not crushed and whole berry fermentation at cool temperatures is practiced, to ensure a broad spectrum of bright fruit and spiciness without heavy tannin extraction.
After fermentation the wine is transferred to old 300Lt French oak barrels and the skins are pressed. Malo-lactic fermentation takes place in barrel after which the wines are racked the batches are blended and the wine prepared to be bottled.
John Platter Wine Guide 2016 3.5 Stars (the Hidden Gem)- Vondeling Petit Rouge 2015
2016 Gold Wine Awards (Gold) -Vondeling Petit Rouge 2015
2016 Veritas Awards (Silver) - Vondeling Petit Rouge 2015
2016 Platter 3 Stars - Vondeling Petit Rouge 2014
2015 Gold Wine Awards - Vondeling Petit Rouge 2014
2015 Vitis Vinifera Gold - Vondeling Petit Rouge 2014