Silver Myn is a small winery in Banghoek, on the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. It’s pronounced ‘Sorg-fleet’, which roughly translates to ‘no worries’, and that sentiment carries itself through all they do. Winemaker Bernard Le Roux is a young and upcoming talent who is passionate about the estate’s vineyards as well as its cellar (not always a given for winemakers). Grapes are grown on the steep slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in vineyards that are among the highest in Stellenbosch. The estate wines are from site-specific single vineyards and are elegant expressions of this unique mountain terroir, all crafted in the Zorgvliet cellar, one of the most technologically advanced cellars in South Africa.
Silver Myn Argentum is South Africa’s interpretation of a Bordeaux blend from the Bordelaise specialists of Banghoek Valley and is lovingly crafted from 50% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6%, Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Interestingly all of the permitted Bordeaux grape varieties are used in this blend, something that is rarely done in Bordeaux itself now, leading to loads of intensity and complexity in the wine.
Grapes are grown at just 10km from the sea allowing a coastal cooling influence and at an altitude of 260 metres above sea level. They are harvested by hand and fermented in French oak “foudre”.
Full to the brim with dark, crunchy Cabernet fruit with dark curranty corners. The palate finishes long, textural with a touch of hoisin and a smoky finish.
Try with barbecued ribs or herby grilled chicken.