Composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec, the 2016 Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon starts with soft herbal tones, ripe black and red fruits and elegant oak tones. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is structured and built to age with a tight core and lifting tannins, showing a notable depth. It's good but not as complex as I was hoping for. It's still tight on the finish, ending long and with a well-managed tannic structure that will allow it to age past its 10th birthday.
The 2016 vintage was a dry growing season resulting in wines that are intensely aromatic with velvety tannins. With this wine we are always looking for a fine balance between Power and Elegance. When young, this wine shows the violet/cassis/black cherry notes typical of this vineyard, coupled with the fine elegant tannins for which the Jonkershoek Valley is known. This is the second year that we used Cabernet Franc in the blend, replacing the Merlot. The use of Cabernet Franc emphasizes the more perfumed notes in this wine.
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