John David is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (46%), Pinotage (36%) and Shiraz (18%). This wine has a distinctive South African personality, plenty of character and balance. The wines are selected from the Stellenbosch, Wellington and Durbanville wine regions.
Each varietal was harvested by hand at 25 degrees Balling (°B). Fermented in small open top stainless steel tanks between 25°C and 26°C for 12 days. Pump overs and punch downs were done every four hours up to 10°B to ensure optimum extraction of colour and tannins. After fermentation the fermented skins were pressed and each variety was racked into specifically selected French barrels. The wine was matured in 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 12 months where it underwent malolactic fermentation. After maturation the wines were meticulously blended to create this exceptional wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon brings elegance to the wine, whilst Pinotage is a proudly South African varietal that gives this blend a vibrant colour and lingering berry midpalate. The clever use of small oak barrels ensure that the Shiraz complements the rich mocha flavours. Enjoy with flame grilled fillet, creamy pasta or when unwinding after a long day.
John David is made to enjoy now, although with proper storage, he will keep for many years. We think, this wine is just getting better every year.