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Grangehurst Nikela 2011

Grangehurst Nikela 2011

R375,00

Nikela 2011 is a “Cape Blend” of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz & Roobernet. The word “Nikela” (pronounced “Ni-ghê-la”) is a Nguni (Xhosa/Zulu) word meaning “to offer a gift of dedication, respect or a tribute to one’s ancestors” – this wine being a tribute to winemaker Jeremy Walker’s late parents, Eddie and Betty, who contributed greatly to the establishment of Grangehurst, which was named after their childhood homes – “The Grange” and “Hurst Close” – in England. “Grange” means “a country house with outbuildings” and “hurst” means “on a hill” – a perfect description of this property!

Specifications

Alcohol Volume: 14.59%
Sugar G/L: 2.4 g/l
Category(s): Wine

More Information

In the cellar

After destalking and crushing the grapes, the mash was fermented in open tanks for between 5 and 14 days on the skins. The cap of skins was punched down and mixed with the juice 6 to 8 times per day to ensure optimum extraction of colour, tannin and flavours. After completion of the alcoholic fermentation, the free-run wine was drawn off and the skins were gently pressed in basket presses. The press wine was blended with the free-run wine in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to small oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurred in tanks and barrels.

In the vineyard

Selected from prime Helderberg and Simonsberg vineyards in Stellenbosch. The southerly summer sea-breezes that blow over the cool waters of False Bay contribute greatly to the quality of the grapes from these vineyards – especially those in the Helderberg.

Ageing

The various component wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz and Roobernet – were matured in 225 litre French oak for 34 months.

Cultivar

40 % Cabernet Sauvignon; 35% Pinotage; 16% Shiraz; 9% Roobernet

Food Pairing

Enjoy this wine with fine cuisine such as yellow fin tuna ravioli, balsamic pan-seared chicken livers, grilled kabeljou, slow-roasted lamb shanks or ratatouille.

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