MIDDELVLEI CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 2015
The appearance is a deep ruby-red. On the nose you’ll find intense dark cherry and blackberry flavours. The palate shows a medium-bodied wine, luscious fruit and subtle tannins with a lingering aftertaste.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
In The Vineyard
The grapes for this wine were derived from a four hectare vineyard, planted in 1990 at 3,704 vines per hectare, and at an altitude of 160m above sea level. The vines, planted on a west-facing slope, are trellised in order to keep the grapes cool and healthy.
The average rainfall is 700mm per annum for the growing season (April - March) the rainfall was slightly below average , 665mm for the 2014/2015 season.
About The Harvest
The harvest took place during February 2015. The grapes were picked by hand - at an average sugar level of 25° Balling - and placed in small baskets to prevent bruising.
In The Cellar
In the cellar, the juice was given eight days’ skin contact in open tanks. It was inoculated with yeast type NT50 and left to ferment at 24° C. Secondary malolactic fermentation was completed in March 2015. The wine was matured in 70% French oak and 30% American oak for 11 months - 70% was matured in 2nd fill barrels and 30% new oak barrels.