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Guardian Peak Frontier 2002

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    Winemaker Notes

    Appearance
    Dark plum colour

    Bouquet
    Initially pleasant floral aromas emerge. As the wine opens up, these are subtlely replaced by ripe blackcurrant and other blackberry aromas. The bouquet also reveals pleasant spicy oak aromas and hints of mocha.

    Palate
    Intense follow-through of blackberry flavours from the bouquet. Delicious fruit flavours enchant the mid-palate. Firm tannin structure suggests this full-bodied wine would be at its best when paired with food. The wine has a spicy oak finish accompanying each mouthful.

    Impression
    This elegant wine brings the winemakers passion for blending to the fore. The three varietals each contribute unique flavours and character to the wine to make this a wonderful drinking experience.

    Food pairing
    Beef carpaccio, oxtail and other flavourful dishes. Something interesting would be a roast loin of lamb with apricots and rooibos.

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    Guardian Peak

    Guardian Peak

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    Guardian Peak, South Africa
    2002 Frontier
    Guardian Peak is designed to complement those who enjoy a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle, and the wines are crafted to be accessible and enjoyed anywhere at any time. Lifestyle is always a priority in the Cape Winelands, and the Guardian Peak range is flexible and dynamic to enhance any lifestyle activity imaginable. Fine wine, superb food and magnificent panoramic views are the signature feature of the new Guardian Peak winery which opened in December 2005. These fruit driven wines include three red blends and three single varietal wines which embody the new-world style of winemaking allowing them to be enjoyed at an early age.

    South Africa

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    An underappreciated wine-producing country currently undergoing a renaissance, South Africa has a surprisingly long and rich history considering its status as part of the “New World” of wine. In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century. Today, however, it is increasingly responsible for high-quality wines that are helping to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot, but the Benguela current from Antarctica provides the brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening. Similarly, cooler high-elevation vineyard sites offer climatic diversity.

    South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for earthy, gamey reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following behind.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    ALL7500040_2002 Item# 75907

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