Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Flavours of violet, leather, blackberry and youngberry with hints of cocoa, almond and cedar. A full-bodied wine with excellent balance on palate and a lingering aftertaste.

Charred Gruyere Cheese; Braised Short Ribs; Mushroom Stroganoff; Grilled Eggplant; Bitter Chocolate.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
winemaker : Wynand Lategan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.39 % vol  rs : 4.4 g/l  pH : 3.58  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : 2018 - 2020

in the vineyard : Two different vineyard blocks, D1 and D2 from Lanzerac in the Jonkershoek Valley, were used for the Lanzerac Cabernet 2012. The blocks were 19 years old in 2012 and consist of 7.44 hectares in total. The 2 blocks sit at an altitude of 160-336m above sea level with mainly deep red decomposed granite soils.

about the harvest: Late February to middle March. All pruning and harvesting is done by hand to ensure that only healthy and fully ripe grapes reach the cellar. The yield for the 2012 vintage was 3.75 tons/ha.

in the cellar : Upon arrival at the cellar the grape bunches are hand sorted before destemmed; the loose berries undergo a further hand sorting before it is lightly crushed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with regular pump-overs to extract colour and flavour. After fermenting dry the wine was left on the skins for 2-3 weeks before it was drained off and the skins pressed. The wine underwent MLF in barrels. A selection of new, 2nd fill and 3rd fill French oak barrels were used to mature the Cabernet Sauvignon for at least 18 months. Regular rackings resulted in excellent integration between wood, fruit and tannins.

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