Next level Cabernet from the Ceres Plateau anyone? The cooler temperatures at this high altitude give a seriously long ripening period eeking out oodles of flavour from these delicious grapes without any whack-you-in-the-face levels of alcohol or tannin. Balanced, beautiful and bloody brilliant!
'BUT WHY grows at 734 meters above sea-level and I was concerned that ripening would be a challenge. My initial thoughts were that the wines would be green. BUT WHY grows on sandy soils whereas LEAVING THE TABLE grows on rocky clay soils, at the highest elevation of them all. What we did not realize at the time was that the site’s radiation levels (sunlight) were off-the-charts high and the average temperature is low during summer. The grapes could therefore stay on the vines much longer, absorbing massive amounts of sunlight, whilst growing in maturity and getting rid of greenness. Resulting in ripe grapes with lower sugar levels. Sandy soils are also famous for producing more elegant wines…' Pieter Walser, Winemaker