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Franschhoek Cellar The Last Elephant 2021

This wine is a tribute to the last elephant that was seen departing the Franschhoek Valley in the late 19th century...
Big & Bold
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Producer Franschhoek Cellars
Country South Africa
Region Franschhoek, Western Cape
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Big & Bold
Grape Blend 48% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Franc
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14
Vintage 2021
Special Features Vegan
Extra Info 'An iron fist in a velvet glove'
Food Pairing Guide Enjoy over the next decade and beyond with red meats and cheeses
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Franschhoek Cellar The Last Elephant is an exclusive red blend made from the best batches the winery can produce every year. An iron fist in a velvet glove, this small-production wine is boldly expressive and well-rounded. The nose brims with moreish dark fruit, showing blackcurrants, cherries, mulberries along with cedar wood, lead pencil and cigar box aromas. These develop in the glass and are joined by raspberry, spice and a hint of gaminess on the palate. The flavours are powerful but elegant, with fine tannins that continue to soften in the glass. A wine that lives up to the mystical legacy of the gentle giants that once roamed the mountains of the Winelands. The town of Franschhoek was originally called Oliphants Hoek, meaning Elephant’s Corner, and named after the herds of elephant that roamed the surrounding valley and mountains. The original mountain pass out of Franschhoek was built on an old elephant trail that carried these majestic creatures between their summer and winter pastures. To this day, the Franschhoek Valley holds the elephant dear as a symbol of the power and finesse that mark the wines born of its fertile earth. The Last Elephant was seen leaving the valley late in the 19th Century, inspiring this characterful, evocative wine.
Characterful ultra-premium vineyard sites throughout the Coastal region of South Africa are selected for the making of the Last Elephant. They are relatively sheltered from the prevailing breezes coming off False Bay and therefore enjoy a slightly warmer but still mostly maritime climate. The vineyards are planted on deep, well-drained soils with a good clay component and excellent structure. Vineyard management is tailored to ensure premium quality, concentrated fruit, which includes green harvesting and shoot thinning. The grapes were hand-picked and fermented in closed tanks at temperatures of 25-28° C. The young wine received a post-fermentation maceration of 35 days, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. On completion of the malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked into 30% new French oak. The wine was then matured in oak for 14 months, followed by 12 months in the bottle to gain softness and complexity before release.
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