Allesverloren Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Colour: Deep ruby red.
Bouquet: An abundance of prune, blackcurrant and cherry aromas with oak spice and cigar box in the background.
Taste: A rich and full-bodied wine with a good tannic structure, lots of berry fruit flavours such as blackcurrant and cherries with undertones of dark chocolate.

Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with poultry, grilled or roasted red meat dishes such as beef or game.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
winemaker : Armand Lacomme
wine of origin : Swartland
analysis : alc : 13.08 % vol  rs : 3.06 g/l  pH : 3.60  ta : 5.86 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : Aged in oak barrels for a period of 18 months.

Background
Allesverloren, situated on the south-eastern slopes of the Kasteelberg near Riebeek West, is the oldest estate in the Swartland Wine of Origin district and is renowned for its red wines and port.

The farm, which dates back to 1704, began producing wine exactly a century later. In 1872 Allesverloren was acquired by Daniel Francois Malan and has remained in the Malan family for five generations.

Winemaker Danie Malan and his late father, Fanie, were among the wine pioneers of the Swartland, ably demonstrating the outstanding wine-growing potential of what was once considered the breadbasket of the Cape. While wheat remains the major crop in the region, increasing numbers of wine farms are established each year to take advantage of the excellent terroir.

in the vineyard : The grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Riebeekberg ward. Eight years old at the time of harvesting, the vines grow in Malmesbury shale, known for its good waterretention capacity. Vineyard management practices and judicious grape selection mean that these trellised vines yield no more than 6 to 8 tons per hectare. Some 20% of the vineyards were irrigated, using the drip method, to avoid undue stress to the vines.

about the harvest: 

The grapes were harvested by hand at between 23° and 24° Balling.

in the cellar : Each vineyard block was separately vinified. The grapes were fermented at 25°C for five to seven days. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in a combination of new (30%) and second-fill (70%) oak barrels for a period of 18 months.

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