The Pas de Nom Range of wines is a tribute to Japie Bronn, the farm manager at Beau Constantia, who has dedicated his life to vineyards and wine production. Originally from the Robertson district honing his skills in viticulture, Japie has been developing vineyards around Constantia and Cape Point for just over 35 years. He is a silent legend in the wine industry, too often taking refuge from the limelight behind his extensive beard.
This is the very young and fresh 2013 vintage of the Pas de Nom Red after the previous vintage being 2011. The 2012 vintage of Pas de Nom Red was skipped, as it was such an exceptional year that all grapes grown on Beau Constantia in 2012 were used for the premium red blends. This is a blend of 48% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot matured in second- and third-fill 225 litre French oak barrels for 13 months prior to bottling.
Alcohol: 14.5 % vol
Residual sugar: 2.0 g/L
VA: 0.6 g/L
Total Acid: 5.2 g/L
The wine has a dark, rich red colour. Upfront notes of black cherry and liquorice with underlying hints of a slightly leafy earthiness. The ripe, dark fruit flavours follow seamlessly onto the beautifully rich and structured palate. The wine has excellent texture and mouthfeel; and although being quite full, dense and vibrant it is well balanced by an elegant line of freshness and juicy tannins. Drink 2015 to 2019.