Ridgeback Wines  Ridgeback Wines

Ridgeback His Master’s Choice Signature C 2017

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Main Variety: Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.5% vol
pH: 3.61
RS: 2.4 g/l
Total Acid: 6.0g/l
Extract: 33.8 g/
TSO2: 97mg/l
Bottled: 30 October 2018
Release Date: September 2019
Bottles: 3005
Origin: Paarl
Cellaring: 15+ years
IPW: Yes


Type: Red
Style: Dry
Taste: Fruity

Tasting Notes

Classic upfront cassis, mulberry and dark plum with notes of cigar box and liquorice. Firm, ripe tannin supports the rich midpalate and elegant pepper spice finish.

Food Pairing

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

Blend Information

Cabernet Franc 70%, Merlot 10%,

Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Petit Verdot 10%


The precision selected vineyards used for this ultra-premium wine face North-South and are grown in deep Oakleaf soils. Irrigation is scheduled according to soil moisture availability. The vine shoots are vertically positioned where leaf plucking in the bunch zone and a narrow canopy enables sufficient sunlight penetration into the canopy ensuring ripe tannins and optimal flavour at harvest.


The 4 cultivars used in our flagship blend were harvested at optimal ripeness at various stages during the period of 9 to 27 February 2017.

The generous attention given to all component vineyards which included leaf plucking, narrow canopies and bunch trimming ensured optimally ripe fruit tannin and full berry flavour.

Analysis:     Cab Franc      Merlot              Cab Sauv         Petit Verdot

Sugar             25.2°balling   25.3°balling      24.9°balling     24.5°balling

Acid                5.5g/l           5.3g/l               5.8g/l              6.05g/l

Ph                    3.75             3.75                 3.60                3.60


The hand selected cultivars for this blend were destemmed without excessive crushing and all unwanted stalks removed on the sorting table. The whole berry component into the open stainless-steel fermenters was at 30%.

After 12 hours of cold soaking each of the musts was 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. Each tank also received a single rack and return for further soft extraction.

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 80% new, 10% second fill and 10% third fill 225 litre French oak barrels for secondary Malolactic fermentation.

After 12 months of maturation the component cultivars were blended together and racked back to barrel for a further 6 months of integration.

The specially selected barrels were lightly filtered prior to bottling.

Ridgeback Wines  Ridgeback Wines