Next to Chenin Blanc in white, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted red grape variety.
Coming from Bordeaux, France where it is the foundation of the big Grand Cru's it has many faces in the rest of the world.
Due to it's slow ripening process and thick skins the wines mostly show a lot of structure and tannins. Changing from herbal, spiciness' it might give even chocolate in the pallet. A long growing period and slow ripening process together wit low yields mostly ends up in the cellar, with a character full wine.
The Region: Planted, grown and made on the Mooi Bly farm, this Cabernet is made from vine with an age of 10 years. Lying on the South facing slopes of the farm we control nicely the yield and growing process of these blocks.
This wine is made from 2 different blocks the one giving the fruits and the other one the body!
The Winemaker: Erik Schouteden
The Vinification: Picked early morning the grapes arrive at the cellar as cool as possible! Crushed and destemmed, the whole mash ends up in our open fermenters. Here the fresh grapes go through a cold maceration for 2 days before being inoculated with the yeast. During the fermentation our wine gets plunged every 3 hours by hand. (no elderly days are gone, feet left at home)
Ones the sugars are turned into alcohol; the fresh wine gets pressed and put into tanks for malolactic fermentation. During this process the premiums are selected and put into wooden barrels for further ageing. Up to 12 months in the barrel the top quality gets selected again and the final blend will be made for bottling.
The Chemistry: Alcohol: 13.5% Residual Sugar: 4.1 Total Acidity: 5.5 PH: 3.60
The Winemakers Notes: Made in an easy accessible style this Cabernet has the combination of red fruits as well as the smokiness of the barrel ageing. Cherries and fresh plumbs are on the pallet with a warm aftertaste.
The Optimal Drinkability: now and some more years
The Food Match: : Imagine summer and a nice piece of meat on the braai, chilled or not, this wine will do. For the not meat lovers: a not to delicate peace of fish or chicken will do as well.