Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

High altitude cabernet vineyards that have a longer ripening period give rise to this phenomenal wine. Loads of blackcurrants with cedar wood undertones on the nose with a hint of smokiness and tobacco leaf, creating a complex wine. Good integration of oak with a velvety finish on the palate. A prime example of a well-crafted South African Cabernet Sauvignon.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 14.34% vol Sugar 3.4 g/l TA 5.6 g/l pH 3.75

ACCOLADES
Platter’s SA Wine Guide ’16: 4 stars – 2013 vintage
Michelangelo Wine Awards ’15: Gold – 2013 vintage
IWSC ’15: Silver Outstanding – 2013 vintage
Concours International des Cabernets: Silver – 2013 vintage
Stephen Tanzer ’15: 89 points – 2013 vintage
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles ’15: Gold – 2012 vintage
Decanter World Wine Awards ’15: Silver – 2012 vintage
Nedbank Green Awards Best Biodiversity & Wine Initiative ’14: Best Red – 2012 vintage
Platter’s SA Wine Guide ’15: 4 stars – 2012 vintage
Michelangelo Wine Awards ’14: Gold – 2012 vintage

Robert Parker ’14: 87 points – 2011 vintage
Platter’s SA Wine Guide ’14: 4 stars – 2011 vintage
Veritas ’13: Silver – 2011 vintage
Wine Spectator ’13: 88 points – 2010 vintage
Top 100 SA Wines ’13 – 2010 vintage
Veritas ’11: Gold – 2009 vintage
Top 100 SA Wines ’12 – 2009 vintage

VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION
Facing: South west
Soil types: Red Slate and Hutton
Age of vines: 17 years
Vineyard area: 7.5 ha
Yield per hectare: 5.5 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: 163C (Scleipp), CS46, 32, 27 on Richter 99
Harvest date: 19 March – 8 April 2014
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested at 25.5°B
Vinification: 15% juice bleeding directly after crush, closed tanks, cold maceration for 4 days, pump over every 6 hours, 2-3 punch downs during peak fermentation, maximum temperature 28°C for 10 days, 21 day extended skin maceration; Barrel maturation: Medium and medium plus toast 225l barrels used, combination of tight and medium grain oak for 15 months, 1st fill 60%, 2nd fill 40%
Optimum drinking time: 4 – 8 years

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