Sam

The Family

Sam

2018

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

The wine has a deep garnet colour with a brilliant ruby red rim. The nose has intense black berry fruit such as dark bramble berries, blackcurrant and dark cherries underpinned by brooding notes of cedar and tobacco leaf. The wine enters the palate of intense berry notes mirroring the palate. The mid-palate is smooth and textured and leads to dry emery paper tannins. The oak is beautiful balanced supporting the fruit and grape tannins and adding a touch of vanilla sweetness to mid-palate. The wine lingers on the palate for almost an eternity.

Food Pairing
Best served with rich red meat dishes or vegetarian options such as melanzane parmigiana or a tomato ragu.

R950.00

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

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

The vineyards are specially selected according to their age and site from various parts of Stellenbosch, mostly unirrigated and all low yielding (4 to 6 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 and delivered to the cellar and placed into a cold store overnight at 4 degrees Celsius.
After desteming the berries pass over a sorting table for the removal of all unwanted material. The berries then fall through a crusher and drop, via gravity, into small open wooden fermenters. Fermentation takes place by the yeast naturally occurring on the grape and can take anything up to14 days to complete. Extraction occurs through regular pump overs and punch downs.
Once fermentation has completed the wine may stay on the skins for an additional period of time which is dependent on the tannin development and ripeness, after which the wine is 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 lasts for 22 months with regular racking’s. The wine received no fining or filtration before bottling.

Bottling
The wine was bottled in January 2020.

  • pH: 3.47
  • TA: 5.60 g/l
  • RS: 2.0 g/l
  • Alc: 13.5 % 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 – Bottelary

AREA: Stellenbosch in the Bottelary Ward
ALTITUDE: 200 metres above sea level
ASPECT: North-West
ROW DIRECTION: North-South
YEAR PLANTED: 1988
SOIL TYPE: 75% Glenrosa & 25% Pinedene (Slate Origin)
TRAINING: 5-wire vertical trellis
PRUNING: Spur pruned
IRRIGATION: None
PLANT DENSITY: 3472 vines per hectare (1.2m X 2.4m spacing)
CROPPING: 4 tons/ha or 25hl/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: Supple- mental 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

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