Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered 2002

Dark ruby-garnet in colour, the wine has an intensive complex bouquet packed with cherry and cassis with undertones of wood spices. It has a full-bodied entry with a solid, good tannin structure and a long persistent aftertaste.

Perfect with fillet of beef and roast lamb but goes equally well with rich, robust dishes and strong-flavoured cheeses.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winemaker : Thinus Krüger
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.87 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.56  ta : 6.7 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : It is drinkable now but will mature well over the next 4 to 8 years.

in the vineyard : Terroir
Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. Climate is mild with south-and east-facing slopes offering natural protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans ensure rich, slow-growing crops. Soils are predominantly medium textured and well-drained with good water holding capacity.

The vineyards (Viticulturist: Bennie Liebenberg)
The grapes were selected from a south-west facing single vineyard in the Bottelary Hills region. The vineyard is 10 years old and a yield of 4 tons/ha was obtained. The 5-wire hedge system was used for trellising. Vineyards were cultivated under dryland conditions. Pest and disease control was implemented according to South African subjective IPW standards.

about the harvest: The grapes were handpicked at 24º Balling at the end of March.

in the cellar : In the cellar the juice fermented on the skins at 28ºC for 8 days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in 2nd fill French oak barrels for a month and was racked into new French oak barrels and matured for 16 months at 15ºC. It was racked twice and fining with egg white was done during the last racking. The wine has undergone no filtration or stabilisation.

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