The Last Elephant
A red wine blended from the best batches the winery can produce every year.
This wine is a tribute to the Last Elephants seen departing the Franschhoek Valley at the end of the 19th Century
Mundus Vini 2021 Gold Medal
International Wine Challenge 90 Points
The Last Elephant is a red wine blended from the best batches the winery can produce every year. Polished black fruit, evident tannins yet supple with a complex palate and well integrated modern finish “An iron fist in a velvet glove”. The nose brims with moreish dark fruit, showing blackcurrants, cherries, mulberries along with cedar wood, lead pencil and cigar box aromas. These develop in the glass and are joined by raspberry, spice and a hint of gaminess. On the palate the wine is powerful yet elegant with fine tannins that continue to soften in the glass. A wine that lives up to the mystical legacy of the gentle giants that once roamed the mountains of the Cape Winelands. This wine is a tribute to the last elephant that was seen departing the Franschhoek Valley in the late 19th century.
Characterful ultra-premium vineyard sites throughout the Coastal region of South Africa are selected for producing The Last 'Elephant. 'They are relatively sheltered from the prevailing breezes coming off False Bay and therefore enjoy a slight[y warmer but most[y maritime climate. The vinyards are planted on deep well drained soils with a good clay component and excellent structure. Vineyard management is tailored to ensure premium quality, concentrated fruit, which includes green harvesting and shoot thinning.
The grapes were hand-picked and fermented in closed tanks at temperatures of 25-28C. The young wine received a post-fermentation maceration of 35 days, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. On completion of the malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked into 100% new French oak. The wine was then matured in oak for 14 months followed by 12 months in bottle to gain softness and complexity before release.
Franschhoek Vineyards The Last Elephant