Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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 14.0 % vol Sugar 3.4 g/l
TA 6.0 g/l pH 3.5
ACCOLADES
  • SAWi Awards '17 - Top Ranking Cabernet Sauvignon : 15th Position
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  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '19 : 4 Stars - 2016 vintage
  • Veritas '18 : Silver - 2016 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '18 : 92 - 2016 vintage
  • Concours International des Cabernets '18 : Gold - 2016 vintage
  • Concours Mondial de Bruxelles '18 : Silver - 2016 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '18 : Silver - 2016 vintage
  • Platter's Wine Guide '18 : 4 stars - 2015 vintage
  • Veritas '17 : Gold - 2015 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '17 : 92 points - 2015 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show '17 : Silver - 2015 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA Wines '17 : Top 100/Double Platinum - 2015 vintage
  • Veritas '16 : Bronze - 2015 vintage
  • Veritas '16 : Bronze - 2014 vintage
  • Wine Spectator Review '16 : 88 points - 2013 vintage
  • Wine Spectator Review '16 : 88 points - 2012 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA '16 : Top 100/Double Gold - 2014 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '16 : 4 star - 2013 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '15 : Gold - 2013 vintage
  • IWSC '15 : Silver Outstanding - 2013 vintage
  • Concours Intenational 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 star - 2012 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '14 : Gold - 2012 vintage
  • Robert Parker '14 : 87 points - 2011 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '14 : 4 star - 2011 vintage
  • Veritas '13 : Silver - 2011 vintage
  • Wine Spectator '13 : 88 points - 2010 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines '13 : Top 100 - 2010 vintage
  • Veritas '11 : Gold - 2009 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines '12 : Top 100 - 2009 vintage
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION

Facing: South west
Soil types: Red Slate and Hutton
Age of vines: 20 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: 1 March - 14 March 2017
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested at 25.5°B
Vinification: 15% juice bleeding directly after crush, cold maceration for 2 days, pump over every 6 hours, 2-3 punch downs during peak fermentation, maximum temperature 28°C, 14 days 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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