The Mentors Canvas 2020
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: The 2020 vintage was characterized by generally
favourable conditions, improved winter rainfall preceding the growing season
and generally mild conditions. This resulted in improved crops in particular in the
coastal areas or Swartland, Wellington, Paarl and Stellenbosch. The vintage
period was lower in disease pressure than the 2019 vintage but some rainfall
during vintage did require careful management. The spring period was
unusually warm prompting early bud break and accelerated early growth while,
the summer through vintage was mild in terms of temperature with fewer peaks
or periods of high temperature. This resulted in an early vintage start and a
compressed February finishing earlier than in recent years. Wines show great
retention of freshness and flavour with good tannin development and aging
potential. We are hugely excited about the quality of the 2020 Vintage.
WINEMAKING: Only the best bunches and berries were selected to craft this
wine. After fermentation, the most promising wines of each variety were chosen
to mature in barrel. Older oak was used for maturation to allow maximum
varietal and fruit expression. After 12 months, the finest wines were selected to
remain in barrel for an additional six months. This wine is truly about selecting
the best of the best.
MATURATION: The wine was matured for 18 months in French oak barrels. A
combination of 300L and 500L barrels was used. A 50% portion of the barrels was
WINE DESCRIPTION: This multi-dimensional and complex red blend shows
layered aromas of plum, raspberry and cherries. On the palate, the flavours of
cassis and cinnamon combine with sweet tannins to deliver a concentrated
and full-bodied wine.
SERVING SUGGESTION: This wine can be savoured on its own or enjoyed with
grilled red meat and venison.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: Enjoy the wine now or cellar for up to eight years from