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2016

Trebuchet

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Western Cape, South Africa

Alc. 13.5 %

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$24.99
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Take a minute to watch the video about the trebuchet, this wine's namesake, which was built using 3 - 140 foot tall Douglas Fir trees from the Dudmaston Estate, in Shropshire. After being thoroughly enjoyed in England, the trebuchet was transported to the winery in Stellenbosch, where it is used as a showpiece in the community and for fundraising for local groups. (They fling a car across a field!)

Journey's End wines are produced by Gabb Family Vineyards, they focus on producing single vineyard and appellation wines with minimal interference; they let 'nature run its course'. This blend is mainly comprised of Merlot, with 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a splash of Cabernet Franc (4%). The wine spends 12 months in French oak, adding hints of sweet vanilla to the rugged and peppery wine. Still young, this wine is okay to hold onto for a couple more years, but should be enjoyed by 2021 - if you can wait that long! Serve at 18 C.

Look

Medium cherry hued with a bit of haze.

Smell

Bold aromatics founded on brambly dark berries and red cherries. Pops of spice from white peppercorns and herbacious notes from roasted green peppers. We find Glosset Raisins - a combination of dried fruit and cocoa powder, adding richness to the nose.

Taste

The palate is bright and bursting with fresh plums and cherries, which carry all the way through to the finish. Instead of raisins, we discover a tart, dry berry - like acai. There is more chocolate too, which consumes any light spices we find. Medium + body that is lightened by good acidity. The tannins are firm but easy, leaving a light drying feeling on the sides of the tongue.

Pairing

There is a lot going on in this little bottle! Fun flavours bring out our playful side when finding the best pairing. Build your own pizza night should include: sausage, mushrooms, peppers, and olives.

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