Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Grapes are hand harvested at 24.5 – 25.5 balling. Cold soak for two days before it is inoculated with yeast. During fermentation colour/flavour extraction takes place with regular pump-overs every six hours along with two to three manual punch downs of the grape cap. A maximum temperature of 27°C is reached. On completion of fermentation a further 10-14 days of extended skin maceration takes place before pressing and barrelling in 225l French oak. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel and maturation is over 15 months in tight and medium grain oak. 40% 1st fill, 45% 2nd fill & 15 % 3rd fill barrel, tight and medium grain with medium and medium-plus toasting.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 14.0 % vol Sugar 3.2 g/l
TA 6.1 g/l pH 3.5
ACCOLADES
  • SAWi Awards '18 - Platinum : 100 points
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  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '20 : 4.5 stars - 2017 vintage
  • Veritas '19 : Silver Outstanding - 2017 vintage
  • IWSC '19 : Silver - 2017 vintage
  • Novare SA Terroir Award '19 Cederberg Ward : Top Cabernet Sauvignon - 2017 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '19 Report - 2017 vintage
  • IWCA '19 : Silver - 2017 vintage
  • Concours Mondial du Bruxelles : Silver Medal - 2017 vintage
  • Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report '19 : 90 points - 2017 vintage
  • Concours International des Cabernets '19 : Gold - 2017 vintage
  • SAWi Awards '17 - Top Ranking Cabernet Sauvignon : 15th Position
  • IWSC '18 : Silver - 2016 vintage
  • HK IWSC '18 : Silver - 2016 vintage
  • 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
  • Wine Spectator '19 : 90 points - 2015 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
  • NWC/Top 100 SA '16 : Top 100/Double Gold - 2014 vintage
  • Wine Spectator Review '16 : 88 points - 2013 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
  • Wine Spectator Review '16 : 88 points - 2012 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: 6.9 ha = average age of 16 years and 5.9ha = average age of 5 years
Planted: 12.71 ha
Yield per hectare: 6 - 7 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: 163C (Scleipp), CS46, 32, 27 on Richter 99
Harvest date: 8 March - 22 March 2018

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