Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Medium red, purple in colour, the wine has tones of blackcurrant, violet and cedar aromas with touches of mint. The rich, ripe opulent but youthful palate has plummy fruit, a background of new oak and fine tannins.


variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winery : Neil Ellis Wines
winemaker : Warren Ellis
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 1.6 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : This is a multi-faceted wine that needs time to mature.

in the vineyard : The Jonkershoek Valley and more specifically the south facing slopes are of the coolest sites in Stellenbosch. The vineyards are also influenced by southerly breezes during the summer months which have a beneficial effect. Further parcels of fruit are sourced from complimentary sites within the Stellenbosch area.

The Vineyards
Trellised vineyards with supplementary irrigation grown on mainly decomposed granite soils.

about the harvest: Harvest commenced on 13 March. Grapes were harvested between 24.5° B and 25° B with a total acid of 7.0 g/l and a pH of 3.5.

in the cellar : Fermentation initiated in stainless steel tanks and underwent a series of pump overs until dry. Further maceration was allowed before drawing off and light pressing.
The wine spent 18 months in a 25% 1st fill French oak barrel, the balance in second, third and fourth fill barrels.
Bottled in November 2013.

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