Dornier, Donatus Red 2017
Dornier is a family owned winery situated in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of the famous Upper Blaauwklippen Valley – in the fine company of De Trafford, Waterford and Keermont. The property produces premium quality wines, with minimal intervention in the winery, that are expressive of the terroir.
The Donatus is the estate’s flagship wine – a classic, Cabernet Sauvignon led, five-way Bordeaux Blend. The fruit is sorted in the winery, with only the best being chosen. After fermentation, the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak, a third of which is new.
Decadent in the glass with aromas of blackcurrant, dark cherry and cedar, from the oak. The palate balances plushy fruit with crisp acidity and silky tannin. Delicious now, but perfectly able to age for a long time yet.
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon 67% / Petit Verdot 11.5% / Malbec 11.5% / Cabernet Franc 6% / Merlot 4%
Tasting notes by Winemaker
This nose is bursting with flavours of blackcurrant and liquorice. The palate is refined and elegant with silky tannins. On the palate flavours of blackberry and cassis are abundant, with hints of dark cherry and a touch of cedar. This wine will age beautifully.
Donatus is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from 5 vineyards on the slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountain. The soil consists of red decomposed granite and a high clay content. Clay has a cooling effect as it retains water and keeps the roots cool and leads to the slow ripening of the grapes. The 2017 vintage was a fantastic vintage at Dornier. The vineyards showed impeccable balance, with small bunches and berries with concentrated flavours.
The grapes are picked by hand, and the berries are sorted in the cellar to ensure that only the best fruit is used for the wine. The different varieties are fermented separately in open top fermenters, with pump overs performed four times daily. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel, and the wine spends a further 18 months maturing in French oak, a third of which is new. The wine is blended after maturation, which allows us to select the finest components for the final wine.
This wine will pair excellently with lamb, venison or rare beef fillet. It will also work well with springbok carpaccio, beef or lamb stews prepared with red wine and tomatoes, and earthy, rich vegetarian dishes.
Analysis Alcohol: 14.5% Res. Sugar: 3 g/L pH: 3.47, Total Acidity: 5.6g/L VA: 0.67g/l
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
Delicious with a multitude of red meat dishes as well as hearty, tomato based, vegetarian dishes like Parmigiana.