Beaumont, Ariane 750ml 2016South Africa, Botriver
Beaumont, located in Botriver, is a family-run farm. It was founded by Raoul and Jayne Beaumont in 1974, and is now run by their son Sebastian Beaumont. The farm dates back to the 1700’s when it was owned by the Dutch East India Company and is now home to the region’s oldest wine cellar. The vineyards sit on ancient clay-rich soil and are said to be some of the finest in the area.
'Bordeaux blend named for founders Jayne & Raoul Beaumont’s daughter. Brother Sebastian’s self-declared ‘best-yet’ vintage is elegantly styled, has a ‘cool’ cabernet linearity, the antithesis of plush. 2016 demands & deserves time in your cellar to meld. 20 months oak, 22% new.' – Platter's Guide 2020 ed., 4.5* (90/100)
I really, really love this 2016 vintage. It has produced across the board beautifully balanced and textured wines. Elegance over power is the essence of this vintage.
After the grapes were cold soaked for 2 days till natural fermentation started. A warm ferment of 28-30 °C was allowed with 2 hourly punch downs in an open vat. Six days of fermentation with three weeks post maceration then pressed directly into barrel.
Alc: 13.6% | RS: 1.9 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.57
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.9 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.57|
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