Stellenbosch Vineyards

The Flagship

Flagship Right Bank 2016

Inspired by our successful first vintages of single cultivar Petit Verdot and Cabernet franc we come full circle and blended these cultivars with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to create The Right Bank. Merlot is the mistress and backbone of the blend, Cabernet Sauvignon adding structure, Petit Verdot the fruit and Cabernet franc the soul, all in harmony to create a once in a life time taste experience.

Vintage Note

The 2016 was another warm and dry season enhancing the intensity of the grapes and ensuring deep rich flavors with a strong tannin backbone.

The Winemaking

Grapes were harvested optimally ripe and hand sorted in our Flagship cellar to ensure only the best fruit is used for fermentation. After two days of cold maceration the juice was inoculated with a selected yeast strain. The fermented wine was hand pressed with a small 1 ton basket press and transferred to barrels where malolactic fermentation took place for three weeks. The wine was then racked to barrels for maturation.

Winemaker’s comments

It took us more than a year to perfect this blend and it shows with fragrant and intense sweet fruit aromas to entice the senses. The wine boasts fine, mouth coating tannins which contribute to a long, sophisticated finish.

Food pairing

Consider rich cuts of red meat, well-aged cheese or wild game as a food partner to this richly concentrated wine.

Maturation Potential 

The elegance and fruit intensity of the The Right Bank makes it delicious to drink now but with its great body and structure it will improve with cellaring up to 2028.

Chemical analysis

Alcohol: 14.65% by volume
Residual sugar: 2.40 g/l
Total acidity: 6.2 g/l
PH: 3.40

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6 x 750ml
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