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“This wine represents a Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa. The first vintage of this wine was in 2015 and it had six vineyards in the final blend, all Cabernet Sauvignons from different heights above sea level.
Unfortunately, in 2017, I lost two of the (quite crucial) vineyards due to smoke taint when there were veld fires. At the time of the fire, the berries were in a late stage of development. The smoke got stuck in the wax layer of the grape berry and during fermentation those flavours were extracted and cemented into the wine. Both these wines from the Ceres Plateau tasted like burnt, bitter bacon and we had to throw everything away eventually. We also lost the HBK Vineyard and replaced that with a new Vineyard on the slopes of the Helderberg called LAN. So I adjusted the original 2015 label accordingly. The label shows a landscape and identifies all the vineyards that went into the final wine. Each year I adjust the label accordingly. You’ll see the flames added to the artwork of the 2017 label consuming the two Vineyards at 750 m above sea level.” – Producer Note
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