Enticing aromas of black berry with underlying notes of cedar and spice make Vry Burgher Cabernet Sauvignon rich, but elegant on the entry of the palate. Dark fruit flavours lead to a textured, triumphant finish.
The vineyards for this exquisite, classic Cabernet Sauvignon wine, were planted in 1990, in well drained gravelly soils and trellised, on the foot hills of the Helderberg Mountain. This is part of the Coastal region - close to the Stellenbosch area. The vines are irrigated twice during the hot dry summer months.
The grapes are harvested in the twilight of the summer, towards the end of March and fermented on the skins for eight days in open stainless steel fermenters. The wine then gracefully ages in 300L French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.
Vry Burgher Cabernet Sauvignon is a consistently good product emanating from one of the best wine production areas in the renowned winelands of South Africa. It is wine lovingly crafted in the traditional way at the hand of an accomplished multiple award winning Winemaker, in collaboration with a celebrated and experienced wine producer. The wine is created and blended with the consumer in mind, offering the perfect balance between quality and price.
Cultivar: Cabernet Sauvignon
The Coastal wine region
Stretching from Darling in the north to Cape Point and Constantia in the south - and to Stellenbosch and Paarl in the east, the Coastal wine region accounts for nearly half of the total wine producing areas in South Africa.
In the more southern areas of Stellenbosch and Constantia, red wines made from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varieties are often found together as part of a Bordeaux Blend. The Helderberg mountain near Stellenbosch is the dominant area from which the grapes for Vryburgher Cabernet Sauvignon are derived. South Africa's wine industry began in the Coastal Region, with Constantia and Stellenbosch in particular contributing to the country's viticultural history. In 1679, the second Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, established both a wine estate at Constantia and the town of Stellenbosch which he named after himself.
It was the influence of the French Huguenot refugees though, who brought vines and their winemaking experience and knowledge to the Coastal region at the end of the 17h century, which truly established the industry in the region.
The Coastal wine region
The area takes its name and climatic influences from both the ocean and the mountains, meaning that there is a good range of mesoclimates across its entirety. Its Western border is the Atlantic Ocean and the Boland Mountains separate it from the Breede River Valley in the east. The southern mountains are the Hottentot Hollands Mountains. These guide the strong cool South Easter winds through the vineyards, which is very beneficial for the quality of the berries. The standalone island mountains include the renowned wine growing areas of Paarl Rock, the Paardeberg and Simonsberg.
Size - The viticultural zone measures approximately 105 kilometres (65 miles) from north to south and 50km (30 miles) east to west
Climate - Areas closest to the coast have maritime climates with an abundance of ocean breezes, while areas further inland have more of a Mediterranean climate
Soil – Stellenbosch region - Red- & yellow-brown Tukulu and Oakleaf, structured Swartland and Klapmuts, Duplex Kroonstad
Rainfall - Stellenbosch region – The summer rain is just 229mm of a total of a 713mm average