Steenberg Red Blend 2000

A deep, ruby-red blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz, with rich berry extracts complimented by hints of cloves and tobacco enriched with ripe fruit and firm tannins.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz ]
winemaker : Nicky Versfeld
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.89 % vol  rs : 1.4 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 5.7 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

ageing : This wine has great potential, and will improve with further cellaring.

in the vineyard : Cultivar: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz
Soil type: Clovelly/Sterkspruit
Trellising: Elongated Perold
Age of vines: 9 years
Pruning: Spur - 2 bud
Yield: 7.96 Ton/Ha
Rootstock: 101-14 MGT

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23.5° Balling from February 2000 - March 2000.

in the cellar : No SO2 was added until after malolactic fermentation. Fermentation on the skins lasted for 5 days, allowing the temperature in the tank to reach 28°C. The must incorporated air during pump-overs. Temperature of the must was kept at 21°C for the last two days on the skins. After pressing, the wine was transferred to 225L French oak barrels for a period of 15 months (by August 2001). This blend consists of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.3% Merlot and 17.7% Shiraz.

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