Steeped in history and boasting some of the highest planted vineyards in the Cape, Chamonix is set amongst 300 hectares of pristine natural beauty on the Eastern slopes of the Franschhoek mountains, it is all about the passion of place: a real honest desire to express the beauty we find ourselves in daily. Troika is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The grapes are selected from separate plots all grown in deep, strong, partially clay soils at an altitude of 380-450 meters above sea level. The vines, between 15 and 26 years, are planted at densities of 3,500-5,000 per hectare and trained in the traditional Cordon method. The grapes are hand-harvested then berry sorted by hand on sorting tables. Grapes are soft crushed and the must be fermented in stainless steel and concrete fermenters at 28° C for 12-22 days on the skins with frequent pumping of the cap. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during 18 months of maturation in 228-litre French oak barrels with about 60% new oak. The batches are assembled before bottling. Chamonix 2016 Troika has a deep ruby-mulberry colour when young, with scents that recall vanilla, sweet ripe cherries, blackberries and other spices. The wine is amply structured; full, round and smooth on the palate with rich fruit and berry sensations, fine harmony and length of flavour. Delicious paired with grilled meats, in particular lamb dishes.