Our Wines

The Bridge

2012 Vintage

This wine is made from a truly magnificent single vineyard situated on the slopes of the Dassenberg Mountain in Franschhoek. Bush vines planted in a deep decomposed granite soil, called Glenrosa, on a steep (more than 35º) northerly facing slope. Spaced 60 x 80 cm, these bush vines yield no more than 1.2 ton/ha. A truly unique terroir.

Harvesting & Fermentation:

From early February staff are employed in the vineyard block, armed with drums, slingshots and other deterrent, to prevent our local baboon troop from eating the small concentrated bunches for breakfast. Unfortunately some nightly visits from the unwanted visitors to savour some of the irresistible fruit are unavoidable. The grapes were harvested by hand and carefully brought into the cellar, crate by crate.

After a short cold maceration period, natural fermentation took place in a small open fermentation tank at 28 degrees c. During fermentation the grapes were gently punched down by hand, 6 times daily.  After 21 days on the skins the wine was pressed gently by foot into the barrel. Malo-lactic fermentation took place in small French oak barrels and a further maturation took place in 100% new French oak barrels for a total of 25 months.

Tasting Note:

The Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon from Rickety Bridge, produced only when a great harvest allows. Deep ruby and crimson at the rim, with berry fruits on the nose, this wonderful wine abounds notes of coffee, caramel and berries in the mouth and gives a feel of a full bodied vintage. Designed to drink now, she will age well for many years to come. Presented in its own beautiful display box.

Maturation Potential:

Peak potential 10 years from vintage.

Food Pairing:

Rich oxtail casserole

Alc: 14.5%

Sugar: 3.5g/l

TA: 6.9g/l

pH: 3.48

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