Paserene Marathon 2019

The Marathon 2019 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is deep black to red, black in colour which is a true testimony of the quality and condition of the hand sorted berries which made it into the cellar. Intensely perfumed. Aromas of black currants, lilac, creme de cassis with black peppercorns. On the palate the sheer size of the wine is evident. The tannin, fruit and alcohol is in perfect harmony. Put this wine in your cellar for at least 5 years before opening. It will last for the next 50 years if cellared correctly.

R900.00

Inc. VAT.

SKU MAR2019L Collection Cultivar

ART OF MAKING

How the wine is made

The Marathon 2019 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were fermented in small upright French oak barrels and carefully punched down not to over-extract the wine.

The Marathon was matured in 50% natural form. The wine spent 6 months in bottle before release.

When you drink our hand-crafted wine, you are creating a moment in time that translates into so much more than just a bottle of wine.

CULTIVAR

Where the grapes are from

Our Paserene Wine Range is made from grapes sourced from wine farms in Tulbagh, Elgin, and Franschhoek. We focus on quality attention-to-detail when it comes to our luxury Paserene Range, hence the choice of terroir for the range. 

The Marathon is sourced from our Tulbagh wine farm, which we chose for its production of grapes with rich flavours and deep colours.

Soils and climates

Elgin is the coolest area with bokkeveld shale. It has a cooler climate which is best for full-bodied red wine, allowing the grapes to retain their bright acidity and full flavour.

Franschhoek is more moderate in climate and has sandy soil. It is ideal for growing deep, flavourful red grapes like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the shadows of the mountains help to maintain the climate. 

Tulbagh in the Breede River Valley has a hot climate that has cool evenings, with decomposed shale soil. The climate lends itself to wine that has richly developed flavours and long-lasting finishes.

Lovely warm conditions  throughout flowering and berry set. Leading up to harvest there were necessary cooler temperatures. Concentration and colour were evident positives and the grapes were healthy in most cases. The yields were lower than that of 2018 due to the drought that is present in the region.

ANALYSIS

pH
3.68

Alcohol
14.02%

Total Acid
5.3 g/l

TASTING NOTES

What you can expect when tasting

The wine is deep black to red, black in colour which is a true testimony of the quality and condition of the hand sorted berries which made it into the cellar. Intensely perfumed.

Aromas of black currants, lilac, creme de cassis with black peppercorns. Secondary to that the wine shows earthy aromas of hot rocks, slate and wet  concrete. Very complex. Oak is beautifully integrated and brings great warmth and broodiness to the wine.

Tannins are forgiving with a polished finesse. On the palate the sheer size of the wine is evident. The tannin, fruit and alcohol is in perfect harmony. Put this wine in your cellar for at least 5 years before opening. It will last for the next 50 years if cellared correctly.

Cassis, Black Fruit, Blackcurrant
53 MENTIONS OF BLACK FRUIT NOTES

Cedar, Oak, Vanilla
43 MENTIONS OF OAKYS NOTES

Leather, Earthy, Minerals
18 MENTIONS OF EARTHY NOTES

LABEL ART

The art on the label

The artwork of our Paserene Range reflects the elegance of the wine inside the bottle and tells the story of the particular bottle. 

The swift you will find on almost every label was drawn by miniaturist Lorraine Loots, and is a representation of Martin’s adventures abroad, the spreading of his wings, before returning home to create Paserene.

All labels were hand pressed using an old Heidelberg press.

The label of our refined Marathon wine features a delicately drawn swallow, which symbolises Martin’s pursuit of knowledge in both South Africa and California to establish his own style of wine. The intricate art also highlights the warm, agile character of the wine in the bottle.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Food and wine combinations

With a red wine as robust and intricate as the Marathon, it is well paired with fatty meat like grilled lamb with plenty of rosemary or a marbled ribeye fresh from the barbecue. Duck or other game birds are an ideal match for the juicy, sweet berry notes in the wine. 

Aged, semi-hard cheeses like gouda and cheddar have enough flavour to hold their own against this bold red. If you prefer a more gourmet approach, a herb-encrusted sheep’s milk cheese will enhance the herbaceous notes in the Marathon. Roasted, salted nuts are the perfect snack partner.

FATTY MEAT
(LAMB, RIBEYE, ETC.)

GAME BIRDS

AGED CHEESES

ROASTED, SALTED NUTS

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