Steenberg Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2004

A classic Bordeaux Style blend of medium body with a complex black berry and cedar wood bouquet and ripe tannins backed by a firm structure on the palate.

variety : Merlot [ 70% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winemaker : John Loubser
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.47 % vol  rs : 3.10 g/l  pH : 3.42  ta : 6.00 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : This wine is ready to enjoy now but could evolve with further cellaring.

in the vineyard : Soil type: Clovelly/Sterkspruit
Trellsing: Elongated Perold
Age of vines: 12 years
Pruning: Spur - 2 bud
Yield: 8 Ton/ha
Rootstock: 101 - 14 MGT

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 24-25°B in March 2004.

in the cellar : The grapes were then de-stalked, crushed and pumped into stainless steel fermentation tanks. Inoculated with a cultured yeast followed by fermentation temperature controlled at 28-30°C. After the grapes had fermented dry, they were pressed and the wine then underwent malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was then matured in French oak barriques for 14 months. (2nd/3rd fill barrels) before being blended proportionally.

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