SOURCE: This 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from fully ripened grapes harvested from Haut Espoir in the Franschhoek region.
WEATHER: Prior to ripening, the conditions were cool and dry, which meant a slower ripening for the red varietals.HARVESTING: 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 15th April.
VINIFICATION: 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
TASTING NOTES: This Cabernet Sauvignon boasts big meaty tannins and complexity on the palate. The fresh cherry and sweet tobacco flavours are in balance and the wine has a long finish.
FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: This Cabernet Sauvignon boasts big meaty tannins and complexity on the palate. The fresh cherry and sweet tobacco flavours are in balance and the wine has a long finish.
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: alc. 14.19% - pH 3.62 - Total acid 6.4 g/l -Residual Sugar 1.4 g/l
PRODUCTION: 4 666 bottles