Grand Vin de Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

2019
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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

In some regions 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, However According to the 2019 South African Wine Grape Harvest Report, the 2019 wine grape crop was smaller than previous year’s drought-hit crop, and the smallest crop since 2005. 

 

Winemaking

Only the best blending components are selected for this Bordeaux blend. Ultimately the Cabernet Sauvignon forms the backbone of this blend with the Merlot as an uplifting companion. They are kept separate throughout vinification and maturation. A meticulous selection of barrels was made. 18 months in a combination of first, second and third fill barrels

International Wine and Spirits Competition
Bronze - Vintage 2020
International Wine and Spirits Competition
Bronze
International Wine Challenge 2020
Silver
International Wine Challenge 2020
Bronze (2017 Vintage)

Winemaker

Debbie Thompson

 

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%

 

Ageing

Second fill 300 litre French oak barrels

 

Tasting Note

This deeply coloured vibrant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot has well defined ripe black cherries on the nose. These aromas are complemented by perfumed layers of cassis and subtle oak nuances on the palate. With refined tannins the wine is very accessible now but will also benefit from maturation for 2 to 4years

 

Ready to drink but will develop favourably in bottle for 5 or 8 years.

 

Wine Specifications

Alcohol: 14%
Volatile acidity: 0
Total acidity: 5.5 g/l
Total sugars (gluc+fruct): 2.20 g/l
Allergy advice: Contains sulphites