A bull walks into a wine shop…
Bold, handsome, and flexing its muscles, the newly released Roxton Black is the latest addition to the Stellenbosch brand’s Flagship “Roxton” series.
Roxton, like his predecessor Brampton, was a pedigree bull that was imported before the Second World War to bolster a herd here in Stellenbosch. In the spirit of bold expressive creativity, the flagship wine series showcases artists’ expressions of the Roxton legacy in their own media. Made from pedigree Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this new release is a full bodied, serious fine wine.
The maiden, 2017 vintage is the first single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon in the series, made with grapes sourced from quality Helderberg vineyards in Stellenbosch. Grown in predominately granitic soils under strict vineyard management, the berries were hand harvested during the dry and warm 2017 vintage. But the smaller berries ensued excellent concentration of flavour and colour.
Berries were hand selected in the cellar and fermented over 12 days at 26° – 28°C with regular aeration during pump-overs. Extended post-fermentation maceration ensured extraction of ripe and round tannins and colour before pressing, then aged in first to fourth fill 300 litre French oak barrels for a further 13 – 16 months.
The wine presents an intense dark and deep ruby red colour. The primary impression on the nose is that of ripe black fruit, with subtle oak spice and herbs, yet showing vibrancy and depth in its fruit expression. The palate expresses the vintage by bringing together the masculine firmness and length of Cabernet Sauvignon with a juicy fruit core. A seamless integration of oak spice and oak tannin entwined with the masculinity adds real depth and complexity to the wine. Drinking beautifully now, but perfect for cellaring for up to 15 years.