Lievland DVB 1998

A full bodied wine with ripe fruit and ideal balance between the oak and fruit flavours. The wine is well rounded and has a soft, dry lingering aftertaste.


variety : Merlot | Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
winemaker : Jean Pienaar
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.03 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.69  ta : 5.4 g/l  so2 : 73 mg/l  

ageing : Optimum ageing potential 3-5 years.

about the harvest: The DVB blend comprises 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were all harvested at optimum ripeness with the Merlot and Cabernet Franc coming into the cellar at about 24-25º Balling. The Cabernet Sauvignon came in slightly later at around 23º Balling.

in the cellar : The different varieties were fermented seperately in stainless steel tanks until dry, using specifically selected yeast strains; UCLM, WE372 and Bordeaux Red. After fermentation the wines were allowed to macerate for between a week and ten days after which they were pressed and the press fraction kept separate. The wine went through a preliminary blending before going through malolactic fermentation which was completed in tank before being racked, preserved with SO2 and put into barrel. Maturation took place over 15 months in 225l French oak barrels of which only 40% were first fill. After maturation the wines were fined with egg white in barrel and then racked and finally blended before being given a filtration and bottled on the 29th of September 1999.

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OTHER VINTAGES

Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Cabernet Franc