On 7 May 1797, more than 200 years ago, the widow Paulina de Villiers was granted the land that straddles the river and rises up against the mountain at Franschhoek.
This land that she affectionately named ‘Paulina’s Drift’ later became Rickety Bridge, making her one of the first women to own and farm land in the Cape. Fable has it that her spirit still hearkens after the land which she tamed, nurtured and loved, and that her whisperings can often be heard rustling through the vineyards as she keeps vigil over the vines.
Paying homage to the pioneering spirit of Paulina de Villiers, Rickety Bridge’s restaurant, Paulina’s, and their flagship range of wines, Paulina’s Reserve, proudly bear the name of the estate’s original owner. The award-winning Paulina’s Reserve range comprises a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Semillon.
PAULINA’S RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Viticulture: All grapes used to make this estate wine come from low-yielding (six tonnes/ha) well-manicured vines, situated against the north-westerly slopes of the Dassenberg Mountain and planted in deep decomposed granite Oakleaf soils.
Winemaking: Fermentation took place in an open fermentation tank at 28°C with five manual punch-downs daily. The wine was pressed gently up to 1.2 Bar pressure after 21 days skin contact. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and the wine was then aged in small French Oak barrels for 24 months.
Tasting notes: The nose displays classic red and black berries layered with herbal notes, pencil shavings and oak spice. A full, rich lingering palate follows with powerful fruit expression, silky polished tannins, well-integrated oak and balanced natural acidity. This wine is a pleasure to drink from the first sip until the last.
Maturation potential: Peak potential from four years, aging well up to ten years from vintage.
Suggested food pairing: Rack of lamb, chargrilled sirloin or ribeye, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, slow-cooked oxtail or braised venison.