Sam

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Sam

2017

This wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot from 2 vineyards in the Bottelary ward in Stellenbosch.

The wine has a deep dark plum red colour. The nose displays typical aromas of blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit, with hints of cedar wood and tobacco leaf, underpinned by vanilla oak and a savoury black olive and five spice character. The wine enters the palate with juicy black cherry and blackcurrant flavours leading to a textured dry savoury mid-palate and a long finish with a perfectly balanced acidity. The tannins are firm and dry yet elegant.

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

R950.00

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This wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot from 2 vineyards in the Bottleray ward in 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 24 and 25 degrees brix) before being hand harvested and delivered to the cellar at which point they are placed in 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 43% is new and lasts for 22 months with regular rackings. The wine received no fining or filtration before bottling.

Bottling
The wine was bottled in January 2019.

  • pH: 3.58
  • TA: 5.29 g/l
  • RS: 2.5 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 – 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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Platter’s Wine Guide 2020

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