Grape Varieties: Merlot (53%) Cab Sauvignon (33%) Pinotage (14%)
Location of Vineyard: On warmer north facing slopes
Soil Type: Gravel & loam
Age of Vineyards: 20-30 years
Root Stock: R 99
Method of Trellising: 3 wire-hedge
Harvest Date: March 2015
Sugar level at Harvest: 25.5°B
Yield per Hectare: 5 tonnes per hectare
Fermentation & Maceration Period: 14 days
Alc Strength: 14.53 %
TA (g/l): 5.8 g/l
RS: 2.3 g/l
Cellar Maturation: 18 months 225-litre French oak, 33%new, 67%second fill barrels
Bottling Date: August 2017
Furture Maturation Potential: 8 – 10 years
Market Release Date: February 2018
WINEMAKER: Daniël de Waal
Our Blend is part of our premium range of wines, produced in limited quantities.
A dark coloured wine, with beautiful fresh black fruit and mulberries and a rich
middle palate. This wine is well-balanced with a velvety, round finish.
A great food wine, it will pair well with a good Fillet, Lamb shank or Osso Bucco.
GOOD TO KNOW
The previous vintage was one of the top 25 Blends at the Old Mutual Trophy Show 2016
John Platter Wine Guide 2018 4 stars
THE SIGNAL ROCK STORY
This tale was told by Jan de Waal, the grandfather of the current owner, Pieter de Waal.
Jan started farming on the family farm in 1913. In the early days, horses were used to plough and work the vineyards. During winter, daily around 12h00, the sun shone on a rock in the shade of Stellenbosch Mountain. This was an indication (signal) to the workers, who didn’t own watches at the time, that it was time for a lunch break. This phenomenon can still be seen today, during the winter months, from De Waal Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards.