Journeys End ‘The Pastors Blend’ 2019
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 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2019
BLEND COMPOSITION: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc
All blocks were picked by hand at optimum ripeness and stored overnight in a 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 before inoculated. Fermentation took about 15 days on all cultivars at 18 – 28 ˚ C with a carefully planned pump over/punch down schedule in open fermentation tanks. The Cabernet Sauvignon tank were left on the skins for another 10 days before pressed. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc tanks were pressed straight after fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was done in 300 L barrels. Wine was oak matured for 16 months before the final blend was blended for bottling.
This red blend displays a complex bouquet of rich dark red fruit aromas like dark plums, black cherries and some earthiness. 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 some youth. Wine will also age well.
|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 2018|