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Deep fruit & Expansive flavours:
Deep red and black fruit leads this Malbec driven vintage. A nose of blackberries, black cherries, raspberry and beef bouillon is followed by balsamic, dried flowers and chocolate with a beautiful perfume undertone. The palate is soft and inviting with good weight and composure.
The dry and windy start to spring in September 2012 produced tell-tale weather patterns for a great 2013 vintage. Our locality on the northern Simonsberg bench managed to side step the devastating winds that later wreaked havoc through many of the vineyards in Stellenbosch. Weather leading to harvest ranged from mild to very warm, allowing our grapes to reach full balanced phenolic ripeness with ease.
Malbec (forty five percent) gives its suppleness and deep black fruit flavours; Merlot (thirty four percent) provides complex red fruit aromas of raspberry, red cherry and plum, while the Cabernet Sauvignon (twenty one percent) grounds the Series M with structure and density.
The Series M matured for twenty months in French oak barriques, seventeen percent new and a year in bottle before release. Cellaring this wine for a further two years will enhance integration and flavour complexity and reward the collector. With proper cellaring, Series M 2013 will continue to develop the bouquet and palate for at least a decade or more. Decanting before serving is recommended for any wine of advanced complexity.