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Andrew Arnott

Andrew studied Literature and Sociology at UCT before setting off on a global trek that saw him working under the seas of the Caribbean, on the snow covered slopes of the Canadian Rockies and writing for a variety of financial and travel institutions. Now at home in Cape Town, Andrew’s passions for wine and writing are married on this blog.

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2018 Winter Reds - Treaty Tree

With winter’s frosty tendrils extending into August there’s no surrogate for a smooth, full-bodied red wine.

Our evergreen Treaty Tree is that year-round companion that shines through winter. Hearty meals and firesides are her province, crafted passionately with food in mind, Treaty Tree is a complex and layered wine, but it is also very drinkable.

This wine is named after Cape Town’s ancient Treaty Tree that still stands in Woodstock. The 500-year old Milkwood has stood steadfast through all manner of weather, an attestant to history and an inspiration when we flirt with disaster to craft our Treaty Tree wine. 

We leave the grapes out long after it is safe for them to be on the vine. Thankfully fortune frequently favours the brave and as a result we are blessed with complex flavours and aromas from these heroic grapes with ethereal red-berry summer fruits framed with fennel, fresh thyme and basil. Bitter chocolate notes, concentrated flavours of black cherry, wild mint and blueberry compliment the serious palate while our manual practise of gently hand-plunging the fermenting cap produces tannins that are almost creamy in texture.

This Bordeaux style blend leads with Cabernet, followed by equal amounts of Malbec and Merlot. The palate weight is balanced by enough natural acidity to compliment intensely flavoured, rich food.

Colour
Deep ruby red with garnet rim.

Bouquet
On the nose summer fruits like strawberry, cherry and black-ripe youngberry, cassis, fennel and the faintest hint of basil.

Palate
The serious, creamy palate is complemented by concentrated flavours of black cherry, wild mint, blueberry and dark chocolate.

Food Pairing
This Bordeaux blend pairs well with any beef or game bird dishes, like rosemary braised lamb shanks or a hearty venison pie!



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