Lion Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
''Easy drinking Cabernet Sauvignon''
- Sweet and ripe cherries on the nose
- Rich Mulberry colour
- Raspberry and blueberry on the palate
Napier Winery, set in a magnificent valley close to Wellington in the Western Cape, owes its name to Sir George Napier, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope from 1837 to 1843. It was Napier that christened the quaint rural town after the famous Duke of Wellington and abolished slavery.
Present owner, Michael Loubser, purchased the farm in 1989. In a short period thereafter, a modern winery was built, followed by a modern maturation and fermentation cellar. The new millennium added a brandy distillery, and alongside quality, handcrafted wines, now stands the Sir George pot still brandy.
Napier Winery, under the careful eye of viticulturist, winemaker and estate manager, Leon Bester, strives to make premium wines (red and white) that rank with the best in the world, while reflecting the warmth of their African roots. Grapes are grown on the farm, picked and sorted by hand, and vinified with great care.
Half of the 66 hectare farm is under vines. During the upgrading process, careful consideration was taken not to damage the indigenous green „footprint‟that lives alongside the vineyards. Seven dams provide plenty of irrigation water for the vineyards. Grape varieties include: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Colombar, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.
Leon Bester Biography
After finishing high School in Stellenbosch Leon Bester headed straight to the Navy in 1993, by the time he left in 1994 he served as a clearance diver for the operation Dive Team in the South African Navy.
His diving career was soon replaced by a winemaking career as he dived into viticulture training at Sclossgut Hohen Beilstein in Germany in 1995. Followed by stints at Rexhill Winery in Oregon Usa and Chateau Carignan Bordeaux France and also completing his degree in Oenology at Elsenburg and a course in Wine Management at Stellenbosch University Bussiness School.
He joined Napier Winery in 2000 as winemaker and soon afterwards also took on the responsibility as Estate Manager and later General Manager and Partner.
His winemaking philosophy is one of producing true terrior wines that reflects the character of Napier Wine Estate’s enviroment - taking great care of the soil, vines, staff, products, customers. His family gives him great joy and a great life !