Nederburg is rolling out an exciting South African take on a French classic in an exciting campaign this summer.  

The new Cabernet-based red blend coming to the market ahead of the festive season is Double Barrel Reserve, a Bordeaux-style wine with a special detail for the ultimate South African wine experience, according to winery MD, Niël Groenewald. 

“It brings together our hallmark Cabernet Sauvignon in classic combination with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. What makes that deliciously proportioned blend stand apart, though, lies in the detail of the maturation of its components.  

“Each of the five varieties was individually vinified and that included their ageing in contact with French oak for 12 months. However, the Merlot portion was taken from barrel after nine months, then blended and returned to barrel for a further three months of maturation.  

“All components were then combined to achieve what we believe is a beautifully balanced whole. Call this double barrel process a small detail, but it delivers a significant impact. It has turned a terrifically juicy, succulent and appetising wine into one with the finest-grained silky texture and a thrilling richness and depth.”

Winemaker Zinaschke Steyn adds: “I’ve loved being given the chance to experiment while still working within the confines of the classical. It’s a different challenge from creating something entirely original. It takes a special discipline, restraint and imagination to honour tradition while adding another dimension. 

“Nose it, taste it and love it. I certainly do. Think sun-ripened blueberries and juicy cherries on the nose and in the mouth. The flavour stays and stays, lets you make a feast of it.  

“I take such pleasure in sipping it at the end of the day when I’m relaxing but I also when indulging in my favourite Mzanzi foods – grilled meats, stews, prego rolls, vetkoek and dombolo.”

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The 2020 vintage wine comes to the market via various retail outlets and will also be available on-consumption. 

Consumers can expect to purchase it retail for around R115 for a 750ml bottle.