Winemaking Notes This wine is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot from selected vineyards around the Stellenbosch region. The grapes are hand-picked at a ripeness to express purity of fruit and freshness. Fermentation takes place in wooden open top fermenters without the inoculation of yeast and lasts for up to 3 weeks. After fermentation the wines are pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation after which they are racked and returned to barrel for further maturation for up to 18 months. No new wood is used so as to retain the freshness and purity inherent in the grapes. The wine was blended and bottled in January 2018. 4200 bottles were produced Tasting Notes This wine has a stunning garnet colour with a bright ruby red rim. The nose has an abundance of dark briary fruits with hints of tobacco spice and cassis. The palate is full and rich with cassis and blackberry fruits. The mid-palate is rich and textured leading to a dry savoury finish.
Hannibal is a peculiar red blend from Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley consisting of 39% Sangiovese, 18% Pinot Noir, 17% Shiraz, 15% Nebbiolo, 5% Mourvédre and 5% Barbera. Sporting cherry and plum compote aromas on the nose, with a saline edge and clean leather adding depth of flavour. Subtle on the palate, offering rounded yet notable tannins, building towards the finish and dispersed with a bright freshness.
Moderately rich yet supple with intriguing perfumed dark cherry and wild berry with an espresso infused cinnamon spice adding to the appeal. Expertly balanced, it embodies elegance, but the tannins form neatly on a lengthy finish.
An exceptionally deep blend of blackberry, black cherry and bramble with subtle hints of forest floor, dark chocolate, aniseed and spicy tobacco. Velvety, medium-bodied palate with hints of fresh mint, cinnamon and perfume lingering on the finish.
Subtle fruits of wild strawberries and red cherry, with floral characteristics that is underpinned by fragrant spices of cinnamon and clove. Time in the glass reveals the salinity , which gives a distinctiveness to the wine. Light on the palate but remains concentrated with fine grain fruit tannin, given length by the fresh and cool acidity.
An expressive Spanish Tempranillo with aromas of black currant and dark cherries, with hints of leather and sweet spice lingering on the palate. Natural salts found in the soils, present a delicate sensation of minerality in Baleia's food-driven wines, preparing the palate beautifully.
A velvety Syrah with black current, garrigue and mocha aromas, wit ripe fruit and smoky flavours on the palate. The delicate sensation of minerality in this food-friendly wine is an expression of the natural salts present in their soils and prepares the palate beautifully. Best enjoyed with Cape Malay curries or a Karoo lamb dish.
A fragrant rosé with a bouquet of watermelon and white spice with lingering flavours of strawberry cheesecake and light spice on the palate. The elegant sensation of minerality in Baleia's food-friendly wines is an expression of the natural salts present in their soils and prepares ones palate beautifully.
A crisp Chardonnay with elegant pineapple and toffee aromas on the nose, and lemon drops and light oak flavours on the palate. The delicate sensation of minerality in Baleia’s food-friendly wines is an expression of the natural salts present in our soils and prepares the palate beautifully. Creamy Italian pasta dishes are a perfect companion for this wine.
A complex wine from three different vineyard sites on the wine farm itself. As the vines mature, their metabolism slows and the grapes produce wines with greater complexity in fruit and structure. The Dangerfield Syrah has a good colour, with spicy fruit and pepper on the nose. Flavours of berry fruit with fine ripe tannins on the finish make this a full but elegant wine.
Names after the old Constables House on the farm, the wine consists of two varietals exceptionally well together namely Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. A blend packed with loads of flavour and soft tannins. Light and delicate with wonderful purity and texture.