The 2011 Elgin Vintners Agama is our seventh release of this flagship blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (61%) – Merlot (31%) and Malbec (8%).
The Elgin Valley has been identified as one of South Africa’s premium wine growing areas. The high altitude, proximity to the sea and cool summers translate into wines that are fruit driven yet complimented by harmonious fruit and wood tannins and display both balance and elegance. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from Eikenhof Farm, the Merlot from Blaukrans and Eikenhof Farms and the Malbec from Wallovale Vineyards. Eikenhof is proudly a BWI Champion farm.
Malbec – 15th March 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon – 28th March 2011
Merlot (Blaukrans) – 22nd March 2011
Merlot (Eikenhof) – 14th March 2011
These grapes were vinified by Martin Meinert in his Devon Crest Winery, Stellenbosch.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were harvested and vinified separately but followed similar vinification regimes; namely, a 4 day cold soak, 8 – 10 days in open fermenters and a further 7 days on the skins prior to pressing. Racked to barrel and MLF induced. Yeast strain WE372. The wine spent 24 months in 225 lit French oak barriques and once blended harmonized in tank for a further 12 months before it received an egg white fining and bottling on 12th June 2014.
Alcohol – 13.23 % (13.0% on label)
Total acid – 5.1 g/ℓ
Residual sugar – 2.7 g/ℓ
pH – 3.56
Agama, named for the lizard, prevalent in the indigenous fynbos vegetation adjacent to the Eikenhof vineyards, is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Merlot and 8% Malbec.
Claret Bottle number 438
Barcode 6009 8144 3007-6 (per bottle)
Barcode 16009 8144 3010-3 (per 6 bottle case)
3819 lit / 848 cases (6 x 750ml) produced.