Hillcrest Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2011

Lovely salmon pink colour - not overstated. Black berry fruit on the nose. Dry, with a balanced natural acidity and a hint of soft tannin which fills the palate with lingering fruity flavours. A great summer quaffer.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winery : Hillcrest Estate
winemaker : _
wine of origin : Durbanville
analysis : alc : 13.4 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  pH : 3.47  ta : 6.5 g/l  
type : Rose  style : Dry  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  closure : Screwcap  

about the harvest: The grapes were hand picked from 9 year old vines at approximately 23.5° balling to maximise fruit flavour and acid balance.

in the cellar : After crushing and destemming the juice was immediately separated from the skins to achieve a light salmon pink colour. Fermentation was controlled at 12°C using two different yeasts in separate tanks. Each generated different fermentation flavours which increased wine complexity.

The wine remained on the lees (dead yeast cells) for a further 6 weeks after which time it was blended, cold stabilised and bottled under screw cap.

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