Grand Vin de Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

2017
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The Wine

Vines: Planted in 1995
Yield: 7 t/ha
Soil: Hutton/Oak leaf
Irrigation: Dry land
Trellising: 5 wire extended moveable Perold


Vintage Overview

The dry conditions resulted in very healthy vineyards and smaller berries with good colour and flavour concentration. These conditions, along with the ideal cool weather during harvest time formed the perfect combination for an exceptional quality wine grape harvest,


Winemaking

During winemaking the cultivars were kept apart and then aged in second filled 300 litre French oak barrels and in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves. The components were blended at 10 months.

Julia Harding, MW (jancisrobinson.com)
16.5 points

Winemaker

Deon Joubert


Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%


Ageing

Second use 300 litre French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.


Tasting Note

This deeply coloured, vibrant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot has well defined ripe blackcurrant aromas on the nose with rich vanilla oak and dark plum flavours on the palate. Soft, ripe tannins.


Ready to drink but will develop favourably in bottle for 3 or 4 years.


Wine Specifications

Alcohol: 13.5%
Volatile acidity: 0
Total acidity: 5.5 g/l
Total sugars (gluc+fruct): 2.90 g/l
Allergy advice: Contains sulphites