Opstal Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Opstal's flagship red was made from the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes of the 2011 vintage. The vineyards are monitored throughout the growing season to predict which will produce the best quality Cabernet for the bottle. The wine is full bodied, well structured with lots of berry aromas. Strong, but soft tannins supported by well balanced use of barrel maturation to emphasize the fruit complexity.


variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winemaker : Stanley Louw
wine of origin : Slanghoek
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.7 g/l  pH : 3.51  ta : 5.6 g/l  va : 0.49 g/l  so2 : 76 mg/l  fso2 : 30 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Ready for enjoyment now, but will hold up well and mature beautifully in the bottle for 6 - 10 years.

in the vineyard : Appellation: Slanghoek
Area Planted: 4 ha
Age Of Vines: 5 yrs
Rootstock: Paulsen
Irrigation: Drip
Vine Density: 3300 vines / ha
Trellis System: 4 Wire Cordon, Perold System
Soil: Yellow Clay

about the harvest: Date: 18 March 2011
Type: Handpicked
Yield: 8 tons/ha

in the cellar : Chrushing / Destemming: Grapes were crushed, destalked and pumped into a fermentation tank
Tanks (Type): Open stainless steel fermenters
Fermentation Method: Controlled ferment with regular pump overs and punch downs.
Malolactic: Yes, 100%
Barrel Ageing: French oak barrels (300 litre) for 13 months - 20% new, 30% 2nd fill, 50% 3rd and 4th fill

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