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Safriel House is a family owned wine house that is founded upon a passion for, and working experience of South African vineyards and wine making.

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Award Winner Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Previous vintage: 2016)

Cabernet
The winemaker of our Cabernet Sauvignon is not shy for an opinion, his winemaking philosophy is “Every winemaker must have a philosophy of some kind, if we don’t, then we can just as well call ourselves food technicians according to mine." On searching for the best terroir: "Each component adds to the final product - pure, honest, awesome wines."

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There is a basis for his opinions. He comes from a long line of farmers and winemakers in the Paarl/Perdeberg region (north of Stellenbosch). He cut his teeth as an assistant at Uva Mira, when the estate won Young Winemaker of the Year. He then moved on to be the lead winemaker at Slaley before achieving the Cape Wine Master Certification and branching out on his own with a passion for finding the perfect combination of grapes and terroir. The seriousness leaves his face and he brightens up when he speaks of his favorite place – his home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Pringle Bay, surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


 

 

The Vineyard and WineSouth African Red Wine

The grapes for the 2017 vintage come from a single 200-year-old farm in the Bottelary ward of Stellenbosch. Vineyards in the Bottelary ward are the closest vineyards to Cape Town and are almost equidistant to the cool winds of the Atlantic Ocean to the West and False Bay to the South. The vines are 28 years old, trained to 5 wire trellising, pruned to cordon with spurs and planted in North West facing vineyards with Oakleaf, granite and Kroonstad soils. Overhead drip irrigation was used to compensate for the dry summer but yields strenuously restricted to 8 ton/ha. Fermentation was started with the grapes natural yeast from 24 balling down to 10 balling and then inoculated to ensure 100% fermentation and to keep the wine healthy. 12 months of wood aging in French oak from Alliers and Nevers ensued using older wood (2nd to 5th fill barrels) so as not to overwhelm the wine. In keeping with the natural approach, the wine is not fined and only filtered through a sheet filter into the bottle. The winemaker's philosophy is to guide the process, rather than forcing it and therefore, the handling is minimal, to ensure that the natural characteristics of the wine shine through. The final result is a true style of Cabernet Sauvignon with red berries and black berry, together with more structured tannins and a balanced elegant wood finish.
Technical details: ALC - 13.54% Vol; PH - 3.59; RS - 1.5 g/l; TA - 6.5 g/l.


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Yair Safriel's thoughts: "This is my 'any occasion' wine. Even people who don't usually drink red wines will enjoy this"

 

 

 

 

 

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