Cabernet sauvignon 2008
This 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from fully ripened grapes harvested from Haut Espoir in the Franschhoek region.
Prior to ripening, the conditions were cool and dry, which meant a slower ripening for the red varietals.
The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning in two batches, to ensure optimal physiological ripeness. First picked on 2nd April, second picking on 15th April.
The two batches were split up: 65% of grapes were fermented in open fermenters and inoculated with yeast. 35% were fermented in Stainless steel tanks and underwent wild fermentation. Post fermentation maceration lasted a month, before transferring to 75% New French oak barrels. After 7 months of maturation, the two blocks were blended and transferred back to barrel for another 15 months of maturation.
Tasting & Analysis
This Cabernet Sauvignon boasts big meaty tannins and complexity on the pallet. The fresh cherry and sweet tobacco flavours are in balance and the wine has a long finish.
Red meat especially lamb, game birds, rich meaty casseroles, chargrilled meat or game.
alc. 14.19% - pH 3.62 - Total acid 6.4 g/l -
Residual Sugar 1.4 g/l
PRODUCTION: 4 666 bottles
WINEMAKER: Marozanne Bieldt