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The Stellenbosch Reserve Ou Hoofgebou Cabernet Sauvignon


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The Stellenbosch Reserve Ou Hoofgebou Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep ruby hue, showing lovely underlying dark fruit and cedar notes on the nose backed up by hints of cigar box and lead pencil, creating a beautifully intriguing aroma. Savoury, dark fruit notes define the palate, with a wonderful dark chocolate/mocha character that gives the complexity associated with a fine Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch. This wine has nicely integrated firm tannins and a grippy structure which leads into a long, lingering velvety finish.

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2013
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Chewy and complex
Drink With: Chicken mole

The oldest academic building on the campus of the University of Stellenbosch, the Ou Hoofgebou (Old Main Building) was inaugurated in November 1886, nearly six years after its corner stone was laid in December 1880. The Ou Hoofgebou was conceptualised at the time of the bicentenary of Stellenbosch in 1879. The community wanted to erect a monument to commemorate the town’s inception 200 years before, and it was decided to build a grand new college building. The importance of education to the community and the country was already apparent in Stellenbosch at the time, a philosophy that continues today. The building took just over six years to complete and was designed by Carl Otto Hager, the same architect who designed the Moederkerk.

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were selected from various vineyards located in the Stellenbosch region, with 50% from the Simonsberg area and 50% from Polkadraai. The main soils types associated with these selected vineyards are Tukulu, Clovelly, Hutton and Oakleaf. The different soil types help the Cabernet to express different facets of its character, adding complexity to the final wine.

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