SOURCE: This 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from fully ripe grapes harvested from Haut Espoir in the Franschhoek region.
WEATHER: 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.
HARVESTING: The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on the 20th of March.
VINIFICATION: 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 week post 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.
Tasting & Analysis
TASTING NOTES: The dominant fruits are cranberries with almond notes, complexity is added with the toasty flavours imparted through sensitive oaking and barrel maturation.
FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: Red meat especially lamb, game birds, rich meaty casseroles, char-grilled meat or game.
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: alc. 14.69% - pH 3.63 - Total acid 5.93 g/l -Residual Sugar 3.7 g/l
PRODUCTION: 9430 bottles