At Devon Crest Vineyard just outside Stellenbosch, Meinert Wines are made in a personalised range, in limited volumes. Each wine takes its journey from vine to barrel with much science, care and creativity to ensure uniqueness and individual character.
Winemaker Martin Meinert believes that Cabernet Sauvignon is particularly suited to their vineyard and thus is important to showcase. The soils, which are deep and well drained with high clay content, and the low yields define their wines. The vines also receive supplementary irrigation. Average yield 5 tons/ha.
The must is fermented with natural yeasts and made in a classic low intervention manner, with no extended skin maceration. The wine is aged for 24 months in new (15%), second and third fill French Oak barrels. It is polished with a light (half an egg per 100 litres) egg white fining and bottled in October 2015.
Meinert Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 has a dense, deep, fresh red colour. The nose displays red berries, typical Cabernet herbs, spicy toasty oak and tobacco. Mouth filling but soft on entry, lingers gently and long on the finish. Should match well with Tuscan style veal, wild boar or warthog with truffled mash and of course a well-aged piece of beef like prime rib, especially with reduced rich sauces. Or venison – we enjoyed it with eland. Drink now and until about 2025. The charm of the vintage is in its gentle character rather than its ability to age.