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Pronounced cassis, blackcurrant leaf, tea leaf, and dried flowers.

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Cabernet Sauvignon, The Stellenbosch Reserve

The back label shows Ou Hoofgebou, an impressive university building designed by Carl-Otto Hager and built to commemorate the bicentenary of Stellenbosch in 1879.

Expressive dark fruit on the nose, showing ripe aromas of cassis, black cherry and Christmas cake, with savoury notes of toast and sandalwood. The bold fruit creates a juicy and textured mouthfeel, with mouth-coating tannin that is fine yet grippy, with an elegant raspberry freshness. Balance is provided by savoury notes of cigar box. A classic example of Stellenbosch Cabernet.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.2 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.53

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The 2019 vintage was challenging, with moderate temperatures resulting in a later harvest. Cooler days and nights resulted in slow sugar accumulation while phenolics kept developing. Grapes are selected from various sites located in the Stellenbosch region, with each site contributing different characteristics to create complexity in the wine.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in open-top stainless-steel fermenters. Punchdowns and pump-overs were performed 4 times daily to ensure balanced extraction of colour and tannins. After fermentation, the wine was macerated on the skins for 14 days. Malolactic Fermentation was followed by further aging in French oak for 12 months, using only seasoned oak.

Awards

DWWA: Silver

Green Credentials

Members of IPW. Integrated Production of Wine is a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme established by the South African wine industry in 1998.

 

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Cabernet Sauvignon, The Stellenbosch Reserve

The back label shows Ou Hoofgebou, an impressive university building designed by Carl-Otto Hager and built to commemorate the bicentenary of Stellenbosch in 1879.

Aromatic red and black fruit show prominently on the nose. Red cherries, cassis, redcurrant and black cherry mingle seamlessly. Rich flavours of dark chocolate, cinnamon and a hint of cardamom blend with the fruit that follows through on the palate. A classic Stellenbosch Cabernet showing characteristic grippy tannins and fresh acidity that provide structure to support the full body.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.2 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.55

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2018

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The 2018 vintage was dry, following three consecutive years of drought, conditions which allowed the grapes to develop concentrated fruit flavours.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in open-top stainless-steel fermenters. Punch-downs and pump-overs were performed four times daily to ensure balanced extraction of colour and tannins. After fermentation, the wine was macerated on the skins for 14 days. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel followed by further aging in French oak for 12 months, of which 20% was new.

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Cabernet Sauvignon, The Stellenbosch Reserve

The back label shows Ou Hoofgebou, an impressive university building designed by Carl-Otto Hager and built to commemorate the bicentenary of Stellenbosch in 1879.

Dark ruby with pure dark fruit, aniseed and pine straw notes on the nose. The aroma is backed up by an herbaceous profile together with cigar box and lead pencil that creates complexity. The dark ripe fruit and savoury notes lead beautifully onto the palate where an intense burst of fruit and subtle aniseed undertone creates an intriguing finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.56

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

The wine was fermented in stainless steel open top fermentors, with manual punch downs occurring three to four times per day. Primary fermentation took seven days, followed by a maceration period of 14 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels, thereafter the wine was matured in 30% new French oak barrels for 18 months.

Awards

Platter: 5*

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Cabernet Sauvignon, The Stellenbosch Reserve

The back label shows Ou Hoofgebou, an impressive university building designed by Carl-Otto Hager and built to commemorate the bicentenary of Stellenbosch in 1879.

This wine shows dark fruit and cedar notes on the nose backed up by hints of cigar box and lead pencil. The deep fruit and savory notes follow through onto the palate, with a wonderful dark chocolate/mocha undertone that adds to the complexity that is associated with a Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.6 g/L

pH

3.65

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Roelof Lotriet

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2013

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 105 Free: 36

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

The wine was fermented in stainless steel open top fermentors, with manual punch downs occurring four times per day. Primary fermentation took seven days, followed by a maceration period of 14 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels, thereafter the wine was matured in 30% new French oak barrels for 18 months.

Awards

DWWA 2015: Silver
Platter: 4*

 

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