Y you should definitely try
The story of Aaldering (Lady) Y starts in Japan. And we have the president of our Japanese importer, Vinos Yamazaki, to thank for it.
Yuko Tanemoto saw our success with Aaldering Lady M – a Pinotage with intense fruit flavours and an elegant structure. She wanted a special wine for her birthday. So she made a trip to South Africa and together with our winemaker Guillaume they made a blend with her name on it.
In its second year now, the private label wine is based on our Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, which is barrel matured for 25 months.
The cultivars were vinified separately, receiving different treatments according to each grape’s phenolic profile. Pump-overs occurred 4 times throughout a 24-hour period. Natural malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks.
The wines were then aged separately in 100% French oak barrels for 27 months. In close consultation with Mrs Yuko Tanemoto, we bottled a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.