Journeys End Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

R180.00

A core of rich blackcurrants, black plums, with a savoury overlay, meat extract, white pepper, mixed spice. The velvety texture is a result of maturation – the wine is at the perfect drinking age – and fine-textured tannins. Complex layered and well crafted. Drink now and up to 2020.

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Description

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

W.O. Stellenbosch

Winemaking Notes

Grapes were handpicked early in the morning from blocks 6B & 8. Block 8 normally gets affected by the dominant wind during flowering period. Block 6B is next to a Eucalyptus forest which has an influence on the flavour profile but also protects the block from the wind. Average yield was 7 tons/ha. The grapes were picked at 24 balling and stored overnight in the cold room before processed the next morning. Grapes were hand sorted and de-stemmed but not crushed. Whole berries were cold soaked for 72 hours. The wine has two weeks skin contact and was naturally fermented. Fermentation took about 15 days at 18 – 28 ˚ C with a carefully planned pump over/punch down schedule in open fermentation tanks. Malolactic fermentation was done in barrels and only free run juice was used. Wine was oak matured for 18 months in 35 % new 300L French oak barrels and the rest in 2nd fill 300L French oak barrels. After final blending the wine was only cross flowed before bottling.

Tasting Notes

A core of rich blackcurrants, black plums, with a savoury overlay, meat extract, white pepper, mixed spice. The velvety texture is a result of maturation – the wine is at the perfect drinking age – and fine-textured tannins. Complex layered and well crafted. Drink now and up to 2020.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 14%
Total Acidity: 5.9 g/L
pH: 3.51
Residual Sugar: 3.5 g/L

Viticulture

Climate Coastal
Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type Oakleaf and Hutton derived from Granite
Clones CS163, CS46C, CS15, 169
Rootstock 101/14, Richter 99
Planting date 1998 – 2001
HA planted 5.84ha
Average tonnage 5.7 tons/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 Strand
Harvest dates 01 – 18 March 2015

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