Landskroon Cabernet Franc 2002

Concentrated, elegant tobacco and fruit flavours with a touch of spicy wood. Can be enjoyed now, but will improve with further bottle maturation.


variety : Cabernet Franc [ 100% Cabernet Franc ]
winery : Landskroon Wines
winemaker : Paul de Villiers
wine of origin : Paarl, Coastal Region
analysis : alc : 13.50 % vol  rs : 2.80 g/l  pH : 3.47  ta : 5.50 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  

AWARDS
John Platter 2004 - 3½ stars
Veritas 2003 - Silver

ageing : 4 years.

in the vineyard : Origin: Paarl, Coastal Region
Climate: Winter Rainfall approximately 600mm per annum. The estate is situated along the south western slopes of Paarl Mountain at an altitude of between 140 and 250 meters and benefits from cooling summer breezes from the Atlantic Ocean.
Irrigation: Limited irrigation of between 50 and 100mm is applied during drier summers in order to allow for optimum development and ripening of grapes.
Soils: Vary from decomposed granited to well drained sandy loam with gravel underlays.
Coopers: Sylvain, Schahinger & Trust.

Age of vines: 4 - 25 years
Clones: CF1D
Rootstock: R99
Vines per hectare: 3000
Soil: Sandy loam and decomposed granite
Trellising: Bush vines and cordon trellised
Yield: 6 - 8 tons per hectare

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at 24° Balling.

in the cellar : The grapes were destemmed and transferred to open fermentation tanks. After the addition of selected yeast the juice, together with the skins, were allowed to ferment at controlled temperatures of 25°C – 28°C. During fermentation the juice was pumped over the cap to cool the cap and to optimise flavour and colour extraction. At 5° Balling, juice was drained from the skins and fermentation allowed to continue in closed tanks in contact with French staves. Any juice remaining in the skins were recovered with the use of a gentle tank press. After allowing for malolactic fermentation the wine was racked from the lees stabilised before bottling.

Barrel maturation: Staves
Type of Wood: French oak
Bottling date: 24 June 2003

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