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Kirstenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

£14.00

Introduction

Made exclusively for Corney & Barrow by our long term partner, Rhebokskloof Estate; A fine example of South African Cabernet Sauvignon at a fantastic price point.

Kirstenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Description

Introduction

Made exclusively for Corney & Barrow by our long term partner, Rhebokskloof Estate; A fine example of South African Cabernet Sauvignon at a fantastic price point.

 

Background

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate is situated on the outskirts of the town of Paarl which lies at the foot of the Paarl Mountain, in the Western Cape of South Africa.

The history of the estate goes back as far as 1692, when it was one huge area of farmland.  In the early part of the 20th century it was split into 6 separate farms and sold on to various individuals but, when some new investors arrived in the 1980s, they were re-joined to make one large property. This gave the new owners plenty of land to be able to re-plant and cultivate many different grape varietals and to build a state of the art winery, tasting room, restaurant and function space.

 

Vineyard Information

Location Rhebokskloof has a total of 20 hectares of vineyards in a valley against the Paarl Mountain. The slopes face north and west, giving superior sun exposure, helping the grapes to ripen easily.

Climate Close proximity to the ocean gives this area its own special microclimate; with higher rainfall here than many other South African wine regions, the land here is carpeted with lush green vineyards.

Soils The soil here is decomposed granite that is beneficial to the vine and helps to produce high quality fruit.

Harvest The grapes are carefully harvested by hand to maximise quality – back-breaking work as the slopes on which the vines are grown are too steep for machinery.

 

Winemaking Details

Grape Variety 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Fermentation Initially the grapes pass through a period of pre-fermentation cold maceration, whereby the skins and juice of the grape are kept in contact for a few days, resulting in a deeper, more stable colour and enhancing aromatic complexity. The juice and skins are then left to ferment in tank at fairly low temperatures, keeping the wine fresh and fruit forward. During fermentation, the juice is regularly pumped over the skins to continue to maximise the extraction of colour and flavours. The wine then undergoes malolactic fermentation, softening acidity and giving a smoother texture on the palate.

Maturation  Once fermentation is complete, the wine in transferred to mature for one year in French oak barrels, of which 20% are new and the rest, second and third year barrels. Mixing the age of the oak barrels provides different levels of oak flavour and structure so that the finished blend is multifaceted and complex.

 

Tasting note

Smoky, dark, berry fruits blend perfectly with subtle tar and ash characteristics on the finish, giving a true South African flavour. Full and rich, this wine is well-structured with balancing freshness.

 

 

Summary

 

Name + appellation Kirstenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, Paarl
Style This fresh and fruit packed Cabernet Sauvignon shows excellent varietal typicity and regional influence, while providing fantastic value for money.
Grape varieties 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol 14.5%
Closure Screwcap
Vineyard and Winemaking Cold maceration to increase colour and enhance aroma. Tank fermented for freshness before maturation in French oak barrels – 20% new, 80% in 2nd/3rd year barrels, giving additional richness  and complexity to the final blend.
Vegetarian status (awaiting confirmation)
Tasting Key Words Smoky, structured, fresh.

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