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Lovely Creatures


Cabernet Sauvignon

Western Cape - South Africa


The third vintage of the Lovely Creatures Cabernet Sauvignon is, in Stephanie’s humble opinion, the best one yet! “Chuffed with how this Cab turned out… too good probably!” were her exact words. For the second vintage in a row, Steph continues 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 in Stellenbosch. The soils are primarily a clay-driven with some decomposed granite mixed in, which provides the power and perfume 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 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 with a bulk filtration and another small sulfur addition. No fining.


  • Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vineyard: Simonsberg Mountain & Banhoek Valley (Stellenbosch)
  • Vine Age: Average: 20-years-old
  • Soil Type: Granite and clay
  • Viticulture: Conventional
  • Fermentation: Native — stainless-steel (100% de-stemmed and crushed)
  • Skin Contact: 10 days
  • Aging: 14 months in old French oak
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.68
  • Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
  • Total SO2: 105 ppm
  • Total Production: 455 cases
  • UPC: 0788115423630

Tasting Note

A deep violet hue sets the stage. It’s like a fruity bouquet with ripe blackberry and plum, jazzed up with a cool hint of menthol. There’s a whisper of sage on the palate that brings a refreshing herbal motif, and it’s all wrapped up in this smooth, velvety texture with a gently gripping finish.

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