Weather conditions building up to the 2016 harvest were warm and dry with less than half the average rainfall for that period. This resulted in lower yields, smaller berries and concentrated flavours. Judicious irrigation was implemented to reduce the stress levels in the vines and extend the ripening period. The daily cool sea breezes from the False Bay ocean played as ever a pivotal role in maintaining lower stress levels in the vine.
This small farm is situated in the Polkadraai region of Stellenbosch
neighbouring esteemed producers like Reyneke and De Toren. The
region is known for their deep, fertile and well drained decomposed
granitic soils and moderating sea breezes off False Bay lying to the
South. Meticulous viticultural practices yield fruit with intense colour,
concentrated fruit flavours and firm tannins.
The 2016 CINQ is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cab Franc,
15% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot.
The focus is on producing premium quality grapes which are hand picked in small batches. The grapes are then fermented on the farm using traditional wine making techniques combined with modern technology and minimal mechanical intervention to produce classic and powerful wines. The wine is matured in carefully selected French oak barrels for 18 months, blended and bottled.
The 2016 Cinq makes a splendid statement with its powerful structure and
expressive fruit composition yet with its gentle tannins and juicy fruit on the palate. The classic oak character is seamlessly integrated with the fruit and the fresh berry acid gives the wine vibrance and purity of fruit. The gentle tannins are in perfect harmony with the wine leaving a lingering fruit sensation and satisfaction.
Residual Sugar: 2.2 g/1 Total Acidity: 5.89 g/1
pH: 3.48 Alcohol: 14.5%
We have submitted the 2016 van Biljon Cinq to both Tim Atkin in England and to Platter's in South Africa. We look forward to receiving the scores as soon as they are made available.