Since 1979; current 2019

Merlot 38%, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Cabernet Franc (12%) (Varies with each vintage)

Tasting Notes
38% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% 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

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.

The Shed - Overgaauw Wine Estate

Our winemaker David van Velden’s comments:

This Tria Corda is a full-bodied Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (7%).

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.

An ultra-premium wine made as a tribute to the pioneering work of 2nd generation owner and winemaker, David Conradie van Velden.

The Overgaauw Merlot 1982 was the maiden bottling of this cultivar in South Africa. To this day, it remains a classic expression of Merlot.