Ridgeback Journey 2017
Ridgeback Journey 2017

    Ridgeback Journey 2017

    R 350.00

    Cabernet Franc 31%, Merlot 31%, Cabernet Sauvignon 28%, Petit Verdot 10%


    4.5 Stars - Platters Guile
    92 points - Tim Atkin
    91 points - Wine Mag
    90 points - Gilbert et gaillard
    Gold - Cab Franc Challenge


    • All the componenet cultivars were de-stemmed without excessive crushing and all unwanted stalks removed on the sorting table. The whole-berry component in the open stainless-steel fermenters was at 30%.
    • After 12 hours of cold soaking each of the musts were inoculated with a commercial yeast strain best suited to the specific variety.
    • Pump overs were given three to four times daily to extract colour, tannin and flavour.
    • Fermentation for each of the cultivars ran at 24-28 degrees Celsius and lasted for 5- 7 days.
    • Thereafter the wine was gently pressed and free run was consolidated with sufficient press fraction to enhance structure.
    • The wine was gravity fed to second and third fill French oak barrels for secondary malo-lactic fermentation.
    • Maturation in 225 litre French oak barrels lasted for 13 months.
    • The specially selected barrels for all 4 varieties were then blended and lightly filtered prior to bottling.


    • Intense mulberry, plum and pepper spice with a hint of mint evolves to notes of Christmas cake and leather. The rich, juicy mid palate runs seamlessly onto a long, mineral finish.

    14.5% Alcohol