Breëland Wine Cellars bottle

Breëland Wine Cellars

Malbec, 2015

Wickus Erasmus is one of the fastest-rising stars in South African wine. He spent so much of his youth in vineyards near Cape Town, he didn’t need a formal wine education to land a job at Le Grand Chasseur—one of South Africa’s historic and most consistently award-winning wineries. He eventually earned a winemaking degree, at which point the Marais family entrusted Wickus, just 35, to try and repeat Le Grand Chasseur’s track record at Breëland. He’s off to a great start.

Profile

Breëland Wine Cellars Malbec is a typical fruity Malbec—but it also has a savory, smoky character that’s a beloved signature of South African red wines.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark Purple
APPEARANCE
Dark Purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Smoke
Bell pepper
Plum
Bacon

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

More About The Wine

The Breede River Valley is so wide and flat, it’s South Africa’s best spot for growing a wide variety of fruits (not just grapes), as well as breeding racehorses. It’s mild year-round but completely encircled by mountains that trap heat in the summer. This speeds up the ripening of the grapes, which develops deeper, richer flavors in the wines.

DID YOU KNOW?

The climate in South Africa is similar to that of Bordeaux, the home of Malbec. But the grape is relatively rare in South Africa.

  • VARIETY
    Malbec
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Breeland Farms
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Breede River Valley, Western Cape, South Africa
  • OAK
    French Oak
  • SOIL
    Various.
  • ALCOHOL
    14.0%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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