The red Muscadel vines are between 13 and 44 years old. The vineyards are established in red Karoo, as well as deep alluvial soil.
The grapes are harvested by hand at 27-29 Â°Balling (Brix), crushed and taken to open concrete red wine fermentors. Here it is kept on the skins for two to three days for colour and flavour extraction. During this time the cap is wetted every two hours by manual punch-down and pump-overs. As soon as alcoholic fermentation starts naturally the free run juice is racked and the wet skins pressed. The must is then immediately fortified with pure wine spirits and left on its fine lees for three months. The wine is then racked from the lease and allowed to tank mature for a further three months before bottling. This extra maturation is essential for the marriage of the spirits and the wine.
Rietvallei Red Muscadel is full-bodied, rich, yet gentle. A floral, Muscat bouquet comes through on the nose, with typical raisiny sweetness and an intense, rich flavour that lingers on the palate and follows through on the aftertaste while the acidity compliments and balances the sweetness.
Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc is a 100% cultivar wine. It is a full-bodied, complex wine with excellent fruit and wood integration. Lots of work in the vineyard and minimal interference in the cellar allows this wine to express its terroir to the fullest. Deep ruby red, almost black in colour. Expressive aromas of black current, plums, pencil shavings and spicy tasted oak on the nose. On the palate, the black current and plum flavours persist, backed and well complimented by the toasty oak flavours from the 26-month new oak aging. The tannins are sumptuous making this is a well-rounded wine which is showing beautifully now in its youth but which has the structure and fruit to mature for a good 10+ years.
This is a full-bodied wine with a deep, almost black colour. Lots of red and black fruit flavours infused with cherry and cassis and hints of coffee on the nose. These flavours follow through on the pallet together with black current and dark chocolate, ending with a noticeable toastiness, a touch of vanilla and soft juicy tannins.
This vintage the blend comprises out of 58% Shiraz, 40% Petit Verdot and 2% Viognier. The wine is intense ruby red coloured and complex, expressing flavours of berry fruit, ground pepper spice and peachy fruit. The pallet is filled with berry fruit and the peppery, spicy and toasted oak flavours are well integrated. A Full bodied wine with pleasant ripe tannins and a smooth, lingering aftertaste.
This uniquely dark and decadent Cinsaut truly personifies its name. Dark Cin is as enchanting as it is captivating with a touch of the mysterious, Dark plum red in colour. The nose reveals dark earthy black berry fruit with touches of spice and smokey nuances. The palate is intense with juicy berry fruit and hints of chocolate and a spicy freshness. Beautifully rounded with gentle inviting fruit tannins and a delicious, juicy, all-encompassing finish.
This is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Tinta Barocca. A wine with lots of attractive berry fruit flavours on the nose and which also carries through nicely on the palate with a hint of spiciness. It is smooth and well balanced with a touch of toastiness and lingering aftertaste.
This vintage of the Rietvallei White Esteanna 2012 is a blend of 61% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Chardonnay, 11% Chenin Blanc and 2% Viognier. The wine has forthcoming aromas of green fig and melon, which follow through onto the palate. It shows a crisp acidity and yet has a satisfying creamy weight from the partial barrel fermentation and maturation. The lingering aftertaste hints at the pedigree and longevity of this delicious wine.
Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay is a full-bodied, complex wine with excellent fruit and wood integration. Lots of work in the vineyard and minimal interference in the cellar allows this wine to express its terroir to the fullest. A complex nose rich in citrus aromas complemented by some spicy, toasted oak notes. The palate is rich and creamy with a mixture of ripe orange, lemon and lime flavours. The oak is well integrated and only evident on the background and together with a firm acidity makes for a lingering finish.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are picked in different stages of ripeness in order to capture the green, grassy flavours of the earlier, green fruit and then later the more tropical flavours of the ripe fruit. In the cellar the clean juice are inoculated with a special cultivated wine yeast and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks between 13 and 15°C till dry. After fermentation the wine is left on the fine lees for as long as possible before bottling.