Journeys End ‘The Pastors Blend’ 2018
The community of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village was traditionally neglected as the South African Government and charities have been focussing on the larger areas of Nomzamo and Khayelitsha. Our aim therefore is to focus on uplifting a community plagued by low socio-economic conditions. Our main vehicle for channelling resources into the community is the local church and we work closely with Pastors Johnny Clink and Leister Allies to improve conditions and opportunities.
PASTOR’S BLEND Bordeaux Blend 2018
BLEND COMPOSITION: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Merlot 11% Cabernet
The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and stored in the cold room overnight. They were hand sorted and destemmed before being pumped into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes underwent a 72-hour cold soak before the temperature was lifted to stimulate fermentation and the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc juice was separately inoculated. The fermentation lasted 12 days. A one week extended maceration ensured suitable extraction of tannins giving the wine structure. All cultivars were matured separately and then subjected to a 14 month barrelling period (second and third fill French oak barrels) before being blended, fined, stabilized and bottled.
This old World style red blend displays rich dark red fruit aromas including blackcurrant and ripe cherries. These aromas are also experienced on the palate and are accompanied by sweet tobacco and Christmas cake characters. This wine has a well-integrated tannic structure showing elegance and lengthy finish.
|Total Acidity:||5.7 g/L|
|Residual Sugar:||2.44 g/L|
|Aspect||South facing slopes|
|Soil type||Tukulu decomposed granite|
|Clones||CS163 CS46C CS15,169, MO343,348|
|Rootstock||101 – 14, Richter 99|
|Average tonnage||8 tons/ha|
|Trellis system||Extended Perold, 7 Strand|
|Harvest dates||18 March 2017|