Dornier Donatus Red 2007

Vintage conditions where ideal for the grape maturity andresulted in wines with more elegance and poise than those of warmer vintages. Aromas of spice,cassis, tobacco and hints of sweet fruit dominate the complex nose. Characteristics ofthe vintage conditions are evidenton the palate with its full yet firm tannin structure and fresh flavour profileof red fruits with a fresh, lingering finish.

Excellent with rich red meat dishes, slow cooked in a red wine jus. It also has to bementioned that this wine pairs particularly well with dishes that have an elementof earthiness. This can be derived from either fresh mushrooms or certainvegetable accompaniments such as beetroot or aubergine.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ Cabernet Sauvignon 95% Cabernet Franc 5% ]
winery : Dornier Wines
winemaker : JC Steyn
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 2.74 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 5.7 g/l  va : 0.5 g/l  so2 : 82 mg/l  fso2 : 32 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : For this exceptional blend we utilised only twopremium vineyards on our property both with outstanding quality of fruit yearafter year. As we recognised their potential early we were able to maximize ourwinemaking efforts in order to express the best characteristics of eachvariety. Cold soaking was followed by a gentle fermentation with pump oversperformed twice daily. The grapes remained on the skins for a further two weeksin order to gain complexity and overall tannin structure. Each batch then spent14 months in 40% New French oak barrels before careful blending.

about the harvest: The season leading up to the harvest period provided excellent conditions for optimal ripeness and flavour concentration. This year the harvest started earlier than expected, 10 days to be exact, however, it ended approximately 10 days later. These longer ripening conditions therefore provided for excellent fruit concentration and elegance.

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