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    Vuurgberg Reserve Red '17


    Vuurgberg Reserve Red '17

    As has been unhyperbolically noted before here at Perman, Donovan Rall is the best winemaker in South Africa. In addition to the wines he makes under the Rall label, we also have the great pleasure of enjoying his winemaking through his work at Vuurberg (“Fire Mountain”), a small winery in Stellenbosch, on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, about an hour’s drive east of Cape Town.

    The clay soils on the Vuurberg farm are ideal for Bordeaux varieties, and the Vuurberg Reserve is made of predominately Cabernet Sauvignon, with Petit Verdot and Cinsault blended in as well. In the winery, Donovan tries to keep things simple, fermenting with natural yeast, using a small basket press, and bottling without fining and with light filtration. The Reserve is aged in small French barrels for about two years.

    This is a hearty wine, with notes of cassis, blackberry, earth, and spice, but with a structure and acidity that balances the fruit and aromatics. Lovers of Napa Cabernet and similar blends of Bordeaux-style red blends should not miss this wine, and will appreciate it all the more for its surprisingly more reasonable price point.


    South Africa


    Producer Vuurberg


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