Oldenburg Vineyards, Rondekop ‘Per Se’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Oldenburg; a hot topic from a cool climate. Anyone who knows anything about South African wine should have Oldenburg fully on their radar – they are producing outrageously good wine and have, very arguably, the most beautiful tasting room to visit in the Cape. Oldenburg, situated in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, has one of the coolest microclimates in the region. A combination of a mountain amphitheatre, high altitude and cooling winds result in growing conditions about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.

Oldenburg’s ultra-premium Rondekop Series draws its name from; you guessed it… Rondekop, the iconic hill situated in the middle of the Oldenburg property. Whether it’s the single varietal Stone Axe Syrah, Per Se Cabernet Sauvignon or the Rhodium Bordeaux Blend – they are all a small selection of the best barrels coming off Rondekop.

From a single vineyards on Rondekop, grapes were hand-picked and then meticulously hand-sorted before crushing and 5 days of cold soak. Fermentation, using wild yeast only, took place in tank with 1 to 3 pumpovers performed daily in order to achieve optimal extraction. Post fermentation the wine was transferred to barrel (55% new) for 19 months of ageing and malolactic conversion. Only the best barrels were selected for the Per Se Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine is unquestionably finessed, balanced and complex. Both red and black fruit abound, ranging from blackberries to plums, with tea leaf, rosemary and graphite adding to the allure. The primary aromas follow through on the palate, but are accentuated by vanilla, cedar wood, racy acidity and ripe tannin. Hell yes.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest: 4 March 2020 at 24 Balling
Technical Data: Alc: 13.84%, RS: 3.1g/l, TA: 5.8g/l, pH: 3.59
Maturation: 19 months in 55% new 225L French oak barrels

The Rondekop Series wines represent a small selection of the best barrels – either single cultivar or a blend – from our iconic Rondekop hill. We believe there are 8 Natural Elements which uniquely impact our vineyards, creating quintessential wine producing conditions. At the centre of it all is our perfectly round hill, Rondekop: the 8th natural element.
Per Se is Latin for ´in and of itself´. Given the ideal growing conditions, this Cabernet Sauvignon earns its name with pride and conviction. Various elements keep the sunny aspect of the hill cooler during the day and combined with cooler nighttime temperatures allow for slow ripening and development of the perfect flavour spectrum in the grapes.

Grapes were hand-harvested and sorted carefully by hand and stored in a coolroom overnight. They were then cold soaked for 5 days before fermentation was initiated, during which the wine was racked twice. Pumpovers were performed up to three times daily. Malolactic conversion was in barrel. Barrels from a single vineyard were selected and blended prior to bottling. The wines were barrel selected and blended 3 months prior to bottling. Wines were matured for 19 months in 225L French oak barrels in 55% new oak.

Subtlety and finesse in a beautifully structured wine. Cabernet has seldom known elegance such as in the Per Se 2020. The wine itself showcases as a deep ruby in the glass. A rich and inviting nose with intermingling hints of red and black fruit. Blackberries, red plums and a generous touch of brambles are interwoven with lavender, green tea leaves and rosemary. The palate displays a wonderfully subtle elegance, with a ripe sandy tannin and a racy acidity. Notes of lavender, sour cherries, tree bark and cedar wood delight the taste buds. A beautiful finish of florality and cherry tobacco round off a divine tasting experience.

2020 was another exceptional harvest. The winter months saw good rainfall – only slightly less compared to the previous year. Spring brought ideal conditions, leading to even bud-break and homogenous shoot growth. The summer ripening period was consistent and moderate, and without heat spikes, bringing about uniform flavour development and phenolic ripeness in the grapes.

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