Classic Selection | 2018 | 750 ml
CLASSIC SELECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MERLOT
Vineyards are situated in the prime Paarl area with varying climatic zones from Paardeberg and Philadelphia where grapes ripen at different times and can be carefully selected for our Classic Selection range. Granite soils provide reshness to the wine, while shale soils contribute to good fruit structure, resulting in a full mouth-feel. Minimal irrigation and monitoring of water stress levels ensure the vines remain healthy and that the flavours are concentrated in the grapes.
The grapes were harvested at approximately 24 degrees Balling followed by de-stemming and cold- soaking for 24 hours. Fermentation started after selected commercial yeast were added. Alcoholic fermentation lasted fourteen days after which the wine went through malolactic fermentation in steel tanks to ensure a softening of compounds, resulting in an elegant smoothness on the palate. The more concentrated dark fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon adds backbone and structure while the Merlot provides ripeness and luscious red berry fruit flavours, the combined result is a rounded, balanced blend expressing both cultivars at their optimum. Gentle wood maturation in older barrels for about 12 months adds complexity and elegance to this Bordeaux style blend.
TASTE AND FOOD PAIRING
This elegant Bordeaux blend shows layers of blackcurrant, black cherry flavours with herbaceous hints on the nose which follow through onto the rounded palate, finishing with hints of oak spice and savoury notes. This blend captures these two cultivars best attributes, revealing why they are both the perfect blending partners for each other. Delicious with red meats dishes that are grilled or roasted.
Final Analysis: Vintage 2018: Alcohol vol. 13.24%: Total Acidity 5.9g/L: pH 3.44: Residual Sugar 4.3g/L: Total Sulphites 108mg/l