Since 1979; current 2017
Merlot 51%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Cabernet Franc (14%) (Varies with each vintage)
51% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 60% new. The nose is super-complex: red and black berries, violets, herbs, undergrowth and vanilla while the palate is particularly harmonious – very flavourful, the tannins starting to mellow in pleasing fashion. – 95 Points Winemag.co.za
Once upon a Tria Corda
Overgaauw Wine Estate in Stellenbosch was an early champion of a Bordeaux-style blend. In 1979, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cinsaut blend named Tria Corda was launched. Then in 1982, a more classic approach was taken by replacing the Cinsaut with Cabernet Franc. These 3 classic Bordeaux varietals have remained the components ever since. Tria Corda is a Latin translation for 3 hearts and refers to these 3 varietals that form the heart of the Overgaauw Wine Estate’s unique terroir.
Its seductively perfumed nose offers generous layers of cassis, raspberry, cedar and a touch of spice and minerals. The nose follows through onto a silky, well-balanced palate that delivers fine ripe tannins and a long, concentrated finish – the perfect foil for the wine’s brilliant fruit. Its structure and rich fruit ensure at least 10 years ageing potential.
Note about past vintages: A combination of first and second-fill oak was used until 1994, followed by 100% new wood until 2004. Since then, we have returned to the combination of new and second fill to allow the wine to express its unique terroir origins.