Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
This 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from fully ripe grapes harvested from Haut Espoir in the Franschhoek region.
Prior to ripening, the conditions were cool and dry, a few hot patches just before harvesting led to the development of excellent flavours on the vine.
The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on the 20thof March.
After de-stemming and partial carbonic maceration the whole berries were fermented to dryness over 10 days in small open fermentation tanks. After a 7 weekpost fermentation maceration period, the wine underwent malolactic in 50 % New French and Hungarian Oak barrels, and matured for 20 months. Left to settle in tank before bottling, this wine did not receive filtration before bottling.
The dominant fruits are cranberries with almond notes, complexity is added with the toasty flavours imparted through sensitive oaking and barrel maturation.
Red meat especially lamb, game birds, rich meaty casseroles, chargrilled meat or game.
pH 3.63 - Alcohol 14.69 - Total acid5.9 g/l - Residual Sugar 3.7 g/l
PRODUCTION: 9430 bottles
WINEMAKER: Nikey van Zyl