Steenberg Nebbiolo 2009

This medium bodied Nebbiolo is light in colour with dried prunes, sour cherries, spice and forest floor on the nose. Soft oaky notes support the wine well. Big tannins, unique to Nebbiolo, gives the wine backbone and structure.

Earthy notes on the aftertaste and a good acidity makes this wine a great food wine, but it is extremely well complemented by mushrooms and truffle oil.

variety : Nebbiolo [ 100% Nebbiolo ]
winemaker : JD Pretorius
wine of origin : Constantia
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 1.8 g/l  pH : 3.58  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Cultivar: Nebbiolo
Soil type: Clovelly / Sterkspruit
Trellising: Elongated Perold
Age of vines: 14 years
Pruning: Spur - 2 bud
Rootstock: 101 - 114 MGT

about the harvest: Harvested: March 2009
Yield: 6 Ton/Ha
The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 25° Balling.

in the cellar : After harvesting the grapes were then crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks where they fermented at 28°C for approximately 10 days. The juice was inoculated with a yeast strain selected for the development of the natural characters in the Nebbiolo grape. Three pump-overs were done per day to extract colour and tannin. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in new oak and there-after matured in second and third fill 225 litre French oak barrels for 12 months.

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