Ridgeback Journey 2020

blend of the finest Bordeaux cultivars showing intense and vibrant colour. Rich, opulent aromas of mulberry and plum with a hint of pepper spice evolve to notes of our beloved Fynbos in the glass.
The soft, integrated tannins and juicy mid palate runs seamlessly onto a long, mineral finish. This immensely versatile blend would complement dishes including roast lam, game, veal or decadent dark chocolate.

Key ingredients

Cabernet Franc 49%
Merlot 21%
Cabernet Sauvignon 20%
Petit Verdot 10%

Food Pairing

This blend is immensely versatile and would complement dishes including braised lamb, game or veal as well as dark chocolate.

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Bottle Analysis

Wine of Origin: Paarl
Slopes: East, North-East, North-West
Soils: Oakleaf and Clovelly
Cellaring: 10 years+
Number of Bottles: 17 105
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Residual Sugar: 2.9 g/l
TA:  5.9 g
pH: 3.82
Total SO2: 73 mg/l
Bottling Date: June 2021


  • All the component cultivars were de-stemmed without excessive crushing and all unwanted stalks removed on the sorting table. The whole-berry component in the open stainless-steel fermenters was at 30%.

  • After 12 hours of cold soaking each of the musts were inoculated with a commercial yeast strain best suited to the specific variety.

  • Pump overs were given three to four times daily to extract colour, tannin and flavour.

  • Fermentation for each of the cultivars ran at 24-28 degrees Celsius and lasted for 5- 7 days.

  • Thereafter the wine was gently pressed and free run was consolidated with sufficient press fraction to enhance structure.

  • The wine was gravity fed to second and third fill French oak barrels for secondary malo-lactic fermentation.

  • Maturation in 225 litre French oak barrels lasted for 13 months.

  • The specially selected barrels for all 4 varieties were then blended and lightly filtered prior to bottling