Botanica Arboretum Red Blend 2017


Arboretum comes from Ginny Povall’s beautiful home vineyard in Devon Valley and is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux style red blend. Grippy, serious and dense, with firm, layered tannins and youthful plum and damson fruit. 2020-28  91/100 Tim Atkin MW

Best wine overall in the Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report. While Ginny Povall has made quite a name for herself with her excellent Chenin Blanc from an old Citrusdal Mountain site, grapes for this red comes from her own Devon Valley vineyards. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, it shows fruit purity and poise.  94/100 Christian Eedes 

Cabernet Sauvignon 53%
Cabernet Franc 23%
Merlot 21%
Petit Verdot 3%


Organically farmed
Wine of Origin : Stellenbosch
Situation : North-Northwest row orientation, high density vineyard blocks of 5,600—10,100 vines per hectare
Altitude : 200 m
Soils : Predominantly decomposed granite, with pockets of shale and sandstone-derived soils
Age of vines : Planted in 2009 and 2010
Trellising : Vertical shoot positioning
Pruning : Cordon
Irrigation : Drip


The hand-harvested grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented in open-top fermentation tanks, with punch downs performed twice daily. The wine was gently pressed and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation. It was aged for 11 months in 300L French oak barrels (10% new, the balance 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill).

Alc : 14.5%
TA : 5.7 g/l
RS : 3.1 g/l
pH : 3.61


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