Dornier Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

This wine shows a lovely concentration of blackberry, plum and red currant fruits on the nose. The palate is rich in ripe berries, with hints of mocha and chocolate. The tannins are fine in structure, and the wine is full in balance with a lingering fruity finish

Best with beef, lamb and game dishes cooked in a concentrated sauce full of flavour. Will also pair well with dishes enhanced with black pepper and cloves. Other great pairings include rich duck dishes, quail and also works very well with roast lamb and beef stews.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot
winery : Dornier Wines
winemaker : JC Steyn
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.8 g/l  pH : 3.56  ta : 5.8 g/l  va : 0.54 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
2013 China Wine & Spirit Awards (CWSA) 2013 - Double Gold
2013 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show - Bronze
2013 Decanter World Wine Awards - Commended

ageing : From 2013 for up to 8 years.

in the vineyard : The 2010 vintage was by no means the easiest. The quality was excellent but we were badly affected by the winds around flowering which had a drastic effect on the earlier varieties. From January until the end of harvest great weather prevailed with almost no rain. These lower crop levels due to the winds resulted in the vines having less fruit to ripen and thereby concentrating their flavours within, which produced high quality complex fruit with lovely freshness and elegance.

in the cellar : Although Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are great blending partners we ferment and age each parcel separately until final blending just prior to bottling. Each portions receives approximately 25% new 225 liter French oak with the remainder being second and third fill barrels for anything between 16 and 18 months. The 2010 comprised 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot.

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