2021 Oldenburg CL Red

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2021 Oldenburg CL Red
A banger of a Bordeaux Blend that tastes as good as it looks! Only 1585 cases produced

Tasting Notes 


This wine displays a gorgeous dark purple core in the glass.


An inviting nose of newly-turned earth, black plums, maraschino cherries, rosemary and fennel.


The palate is refreshing, with a balanced acidity and plushy tannins. Flavours of vibrant dark chocolate and mocha can be found, in addition to rhubarb and star anise. The wine is complex and inviting with a bitter grapefruit and tobacco finish. A delightful wine that is bound to be a conversation starter and should be a staple on all dinner tables.

Oldenburg CL Red

Winemaking & Maturation

A ‘right bank’ Bordeaux Blend – Merlot (54%) dominant with Cabernet Sauvignon (39%) and a splash of Cabernet Franc (7%)
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes were harvested from a North-Easterly facing vineyard on Rondekop. All grapes were stored in a cold-room overnight and then destemmed and sorted by hand, spending five days in a tank to cold soak. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc berries were crushed and the Merlot berries kept whole. All grape cultivars underwent pump overs 1-3 times per day and were gently basket pressed once dry. Finally, the juice was returned to tanks for malolactic fermentation and then transferred to French oak barrels, of which 26% were new barrels, to mature for 16 months.


Oldenburg; a hot topic from a cool climate. Anyone who knows anything about South African wine should have Oldenburg fully on their radar – they are producing outrageously good wine and have, very arguably, the most beautiful tasting room to visit in the Cape. Oldenburg, situated in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, has one of the coolest microclimates in the region. A combination of a mountain amphitheatre, high altitude and cooling winds result in growing conditions about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.

The Range

<CL° is the Lifestyle range in the Oldenburg Vineyards stable. For us, the <CL° range represents a key part of the Oldenburg Vineyards story: that we are cooler than Stellenbosch (in terms of climate).
There are 8 Natural Elements that make our corner of the Banghoek Valley a special place to make wine, and three of these elements (the mountain ranges, the elevation and the winds) influence the coolness of our valley.
This cooler climate elevates the quality of our grapes and wine significantly, through slower and more even ripening. Cooler climate, cooler wines. Take a look at the matching CL White Blend!


  • Wine Safari Score: 94/100 Greg Sherwood MW


Year 2021
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 54% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon & 7% Cabernet Franc
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
14% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
Food matching Beef fillet topped with a fresh chimichurri will be a match made in heaven for this wine!
Type Red Blend
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Stellenbosch
Appellation WO Western Cape