Neethlingshof Neethlingsrood 1999

Winemaker Philip Constandius describes this as an easy-drinking wine with a herbaceous character and traces of cherries and other berries on the nose and palate. Serve with pizza and pasta dishes.


variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot
winemaker : Philip Constandius
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.77 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 6.12 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Veritas 2001 - Bronze

ageing : Its solid tannin gives it good ageing potential and he says it should hold its own for at least three to four years.

in the vineyard : The Cabernet Sauvignon was drawn from several south-east facing trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch, both dryland and irrigated. Ranging in age from 7 to 13 years at the time of harvesting, the vines were cooled by maritime breezes and situated 150m above sea-level in gravel and clay soils.

The Merlot came from a range of trellised south facing dryland vineyards, located 320m above sea level and grown in gravel and clay soils.

about the harvest: Both varietals were hand harvested, the Cabernet Sauvignon in mid-March at between 25º and 26ºBalling and the Merlot towards the end of February at 24ºBalling. Yield varies between 4 to 5 tons per hectare.

in the cellar : The grapes from each vineyard block were individually vinified and after malolactic fermentation the wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 18 months.

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