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Lovely Creatures


Cabernet Sauvignon

Western Cape - South Africa


The second vintage of the Lovely Creatures Cabernet Sauvignon is a monumental effort given the nominal price tag.  There is a lot of wine in this bottle.  Stephanie rang a friend to source fruit located on the awe-inspiring slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch.  The vineyard was planted nearly 20-years-ago and due to the steep mountain slope is trained on trellising. Some of the fruit also comes from Banhoek Valley and the lower slopes of the  Helderberg in Stellenbosch. The soils are primarily a clay-driven sandstone mix that provides the power and intensity in the background of the wine.

The grapes were hand-harvested and fully destemmed before being gently crushed.  The wine fermented in small 1-2 ton lots with inoculation used where necessary.  After ten days on the skins the grapes were pressed to tank to settle overnight then racked to older French barriques (with 10% new) for aging.  In the spring the wine was lightly sulfured and after a total of 14 months aging it was racked to blend and bottled without a vegan fining, bulk filtration, and just another small sulfur addition.


  • Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vineyard: Multiple vineyard sites from the Simonsberg Mountain, Banhoek Valley and Helderberg lower slopes in Stellenbosch
  • Vine Age: 15-20-years-old
  • Soil Type: Various - mostly clay with sandstone mix
  • Viticulture: Sustainable
  • Fermentation: Inoculated – stainless-steel
  • Skin Contact: 10 days
  • Aging: 14 months in 10% new oak
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • pH: 3.64
  • Total Acidity: 5.7 g/L
  • Total SO2: 129 ppm
  • Total Production: 1,667 cases
  • UPC: 0788115423630

Tasting Note

Violet color. Enticing aromas of blackberry and plum, with a distinct menthol undercurrent. On the palate, sage is revealed retronasally, and there is a light smokiness. Velvety in texture, with a delicately grippy finish.

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