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Rickety Bridge Paulina's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Punchy yet stylish Cabernet Sauvignon from the Western Cape, bursting with bright cherries and oak spice.
Big & Bold, Rich & Savoury
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Producer Rickety Bridge
Country South Africa
Region Franschhoek, Western Cape
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Big & Bold, Rich & Savoury
Grape Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 15
Vintage 2017
Extra Info Integrated Oak
Food Pairing Guide Pairs very well with grilled meats and a great choice for Sunday roasts

Paulina's Reserve from Rickety Bridge is belting Cab Sav, with classic characteristics of red cherries layered with herbal notes and oak spice. The palate is full and rich with powerful fruit expression and silky, polished tannins. The finish is long with well integrated oak, cassis and subtle minerality. A punchy yet stylish Cabernet from this excellent Franschhoek estate.

This historic Franschhoek estate was formed out of one of the original farms that was granted to the Huguenots when they settled here, and it was first planted with vines in 1797 when it passed to Paulina De Villiers. The estate nestles against the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, close to the Franschhoek River that the old rickety bridge used to cross. The lower flatlands are covered by sandy soils while the hillsides are made up decomposed granite, ideal for red grapes. In 2000, British businessman Duncan Spence acquired the estate and there has been extensive investment to create a modern cellar, which is currently overseen by Mari Kotze.

Grapes harvested by hand from the North Westerly slopes of Dassenberg Mountain. Fermentation takes place in an open tank at 28°c with five manual punch downs daily. The wine is pressed gently after 26 days’ skin contact. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and the wine was then aged in 35% new and 65% older small French oak barrels. Total maturation time in barrel was 24 months.
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