Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Vintage:2015 (Current)

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Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Overview

The continued success of the Fleur du Cap range of wines is the result of a team approach at The Bergkelder that starts with meticulous vineyard selection and is driven by an overriding passion for winemaking and constant experimentation to create a new generation of superior quality wines. The wines are shaped in perfect harmony with the forces of nature - Earth, Sun, Wind and Water to capture the highly sought-after qualities of varietal character and terroir. Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east facing slopes offering protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. Soils are predominantly medium-textured and well drained with good water holding capacity. The grapes were sourced from different blocks in Stellenbosch with the bulk coming from Stellenbosch Kloof. The soils have good water holding capacity resulting in balanced growth. The vineyards, aged between 10 and 21 years, produced an average yield of 6 and 9 tons/ha. The trellised vineyards received supplementary irrigation. Pest and disease control was implemented according to South African subjective IPW standards.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked by hand at 24 – 25.5° Balling. After crushing, the grapes were inoculated with selected yeast. The preserve fruit flavours, fermentation temperature was controlled at 24 to 26°C. Pump-overs and rack & returns (delestage) ensured good extraction and mouthfeel. After fermentation the wine was drained off the skins. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. 12 months’ maturation took place in a combination of new French and American, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.

Tasting Notes

This full-bodied, ruby coloured red has aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry and plums underlined by elegant wood spices. On the palate this well-balanced wine is velvety soft yet mouth filling with clean soft fruit and a touch of sweet oak. These complex flavours linger on the finish.

Food Pairing

This wine is the perfect partner to spicy Mediterranean food, fish or duck.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Alcohol: 14.37%

Titratable Acidity: 5.46

pH: 3.48

Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/l

Suggested Retail Price: $11.99