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2020

This wine is an expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch and is blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet franc and 3% Merlot from some of the best vineyards around Stellenbosch.

The wine displays a stunning deep garnet colour.
The aromas of this wine are plush and luxurious with notes of blackcurrant, blackberries, violets and
graphite.
The palate is rich and textured with dark berry fruits on the entry followed by a textured mid-palate of blackcurrant, tobacco and cedar notes The oak is brilliantly balanced adding support to the dry firm tannins which assist in a dry lingering finish.

Food Pairing
A perfect accompaniment to the perfect cut of grilled beef or vegetarian options such as melanzane parmigiana or a tomato ragu.

R995.00

* This wine is available on request only. Please complete the form below to enquire about availability.

The 2020 vintage in Stellenbosch is regarded as an excellent vintage when it comes to quality and quantity. After a better than average rainfall over the preceding winter and good cold units, we had an early budbreak in the spring of 2019. With a warmer and drier spring than usual we had even budburst across most varieties. We had good bunch formation but with some adverse weather conditions during flowering we had a natural crop thinning. Although the average yields were higher than 2019 and pretty good in total. With enough rain during the growing season, we had minimal stress in the vineyards. Most of the growing season and into the ripening season we had moderate and cool conditions again minimising stress. Later in the ripening season, especially for Bordeaux red cultivars, we had dry and warm weather which compounded with the early start to the harvest resulted in one of our earliest and fastest harvests on record. Luckily all the grapes were in the cellar before the COVID lockdown of the 26th March.
All of the above resulted in good ripening and concentration in the grapes.

The vineyards are specially selected according to their age and site from various parts of Stellenbosch, mostly unirrigated and all low yielding (4 to 8 t/ha). This gives a pure expression of its environment in the wine.

The grapes are ripened to peak maturity (between 23- and 25-degrees brix) before being hand harvested & delivered to the cellar and placed into a cold store overnight at 4 degrees Celsius.
The grapes were bunch sorted, destemmed, berry sorted and then partially crushed to small wooden upright fermenters. There is an initial cold maceration until the fermentation begins naturally.
Post fermentation maceration is dependent on the ripeness of the fruit at picking and tannin development in the wine. The wine is then drained off and pressed in a vertical basket press.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel after which the wine is racked and returned to barrel for further maturation. Maturation takes place in small 225-liter French barriques of which 51% is new and the balance 2nd and 3rd fill barrels. Total maturation is for 22 months with regular racking’s. The wine received no fining or filtration before bottling.

Bottling
The wine was bottled in December 2021.

  • pH: 3.67
  • TA: 5.3 g/l
  • RS: 3.4 g/l
  • Alc: 14.5 % by vol.

This wine can be enjoyed immediately after release but will improve with cellaring for up to 15 years from harvest.

Cabernet Sauvignon - Stellenbosch - Polkadraai

AREA: POLKADRAAI HILLS  OUDEBERG, STELLENBOSCH
ALTITUDE: 165 metres above sea level
ASPECT: South
ROW DIRECTION: East-West
YEAR PLANTED: 2007
SOIL TYPE:

Duplex/Plinthic of Granitic origin

TRAINING:

7-wire vertical trellis

PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION:

Supplementary drip

PLANT DENSITY: 3086 vines per hectare (1.2m X 2.7m spacing)
CROPPING: 6 tons/ha or 39 hl/ha

Cabernet Sauvignon - Stellenbosch - Polkadraai

AREA: POLKADRAAI HILLS  CAIRNGORM, STELLENBOSCH
ALTITUDE  160 metres above sea level
ASPECT: East
ROW DIRECTION: North-South
YEAR PLANTED: 2001
SOIL TYPE:

Sandy Loam of Granitic Origin

TRAINING:

4-wire Perold - Sprawling

PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION:

Supplementary drip

PLANT DENSITY: 3333 vines per hectare (2.5m X 1.2m spacing)
CROPPING:

4.5 tons/ha or 30 hl/ha

Merlot - Stellenbosch - Bottelary

AREA: Stellenbosch in the Bottelary Ward
ALTITUDE: 220 metres above sea level
ASPECT: West facing
ROW DIRECTION: North-South
YEAR PLANTED: 1999
SOIL TYPE: Medium potential clay loam Tukulu soil
TRAINING: 6-wire vertical trellis (double Perold)
PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION:

Supplementary drip irrigation

PLANT DENSITY: 5000 vines per hectare (1m X 2m spacing)
CROPPING: average 6 to 8 tons/ha or 40 to 54 hl/ha

Cabernet Franc - Stellenbosch - Polkadraai

AREA: Stellenbosch, Polkadraai Hills
ALTITUDE: 210 metres above sea level
ASPECT: South-West facing
ROW DIRECTION: North-South
YEAR PLANTED: 2003
SOIL TYPE:

Decomposed Granite

TRAINING:

Sprawling Trellis - 5 wire Perold

PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION:

Supplementary drip irrigation

PLANT DENSITY:

2860 vines per hectare (1.4m X 2.5m spacing)

CROPPING:

5 tons/ha or 32 hl/ha

 

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Awards & Recognition

Tim Atkin SA Special report 2023

Platter’s Wine guide 2023 (2019 vintage)

Jancis Robinson 2022 (2019 vintage)

James Suckling - 2022 (2019 vintage)

Neil Martin Vinous - 2022 (2019 vintage)

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