Cape Blend 2009

Cape Blend
Cape Blend

Varietal(s):

39% Cabernet Sauvignon
30% Pinotage
23% Shiraz
8% Merlot

Winemaking

The grape varietals were handpicked separately at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavour and freshness. Subsequent processing, fermentation and maturation was also carried out separately for each varietal. Upon crushing, a temperature of 10 °C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact in stainless steel tanks for 10 days for optimum colour extraction. After fermentation, flavour and colour was allowed to develop for a period of 3 weeks before being transferred to third filled French oak barrels for 16-22 months. The use of third filled allows us to delicately enhance the fruit flavours within the wine without destroying them. Only barrels containing maximum character and flavour are then selected for use in the final blend..

Winemaker’s comments

A medium bodied red wine infused with south African and French varietals. This wine demonstrates fruit driven aromas of black berries and blackcurrant. A beautifully intense yet well-rounded taste with distinct fruity elements. The wine is perfect to drink now yet could mature well within the bottle for a further 3 years.

Food Pairing

Will do well with any light summer meal such as a Mediterranean platter. Also perfect to drink around a typical South African braai.

Analysis

Alcohol: 14,5% v/v

Residual Sugar: 2,6 g/l

Total Acidity: 6 g/l

pH: 3,85

Extract: 33,4 g/l

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