Taaibosch Crescendo 2018


Situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, the Taaibosch estate is afforded panoramic views stretching to Cape Point, Table Mountain, and the Stellenbosch Hills.

At an altitude of 400 meters above sea level and a South West facing direction, these vineyards benefit not only from great positioning but also the desired cooling wind that optimises ripening during the summer months.

The Crescendo is a true reflection of the terroir from which its grapes originate, and it is particularly characteristic of wine made in the historic region of Stellenbosch.  It is the Cabernet Franc in particular, where purity of the fruit is amplified by the site on which it is grown.  Notes of white pepper, cloves, and red berries give this wine delightful aromatics to pleasure the senses.  The tension in the wine lends itself to an elegant finish, bringing together the various elements in a genteel fashion culminating in a well-polished wine.

The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it was matured for three years in a combination of 225L oak barrels, 9,000L foudre and traditional 4,500L cement tanks. These various vessels provide a multitude of elements to use during the blending of the wine, ranging from fruit character to subtle wood influence.  These elements are then brought selectively together to form a harmonious unit.

Many of us, who have been drinking wine for longer than the last decade, will remember the iconic Cordoba Crescendo of the 90’s, crafted by Christopher Keet. It was the only blend of Bordeaux varieties in South Africa at the time that featured Cabernet Franc in the leading role. The elegance in the wine lured one in from a young age, but it’s the age worthiness that rewarded those who kept a few bottles tucked away in their cellars.

The farm has changed hands a few times in the last decade, but under the guidance of Schalk-Willem Joubert, this Cabernet Franc blend is showing us that this special Helderberg site has more to share.

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