Estate: Aaldering Vineyards & Wines
Origin: South Africa
Region: Devon Valley, Stellenbosch
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
A bold wine that initially bursts with cassis and blackcurrants, followed up by subtle nuances of eucalyptus, cedar and cigar box. A harmonious blend with elegant tannins, dark chocolate spice and great texture.
Vineyard Notes Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone: MO36A CS136
Rootstock: Richter 110 Richter 101/14
Hectare/ planted: 1,32 ha./ 1999 3.93 ha./ 1998
Soil: Decomposed Granite (Hutton, Clovelly Soils)
Orientation: South West facing South East facing
Altitude: 110-120m above sea level 110-150m above sea level
The 2010 vintage showed extreme weather conditions, from early sunny weather – leading to early bud burst – yet followed by intensive rain showers and especially hard winds – slowing down the ripening at a later stage. For the later ripening and sun-loving Merlot the March 2010 heat wave made sure that the sugars built up nicely and the 2010 Merlot turned out to be beautifully concentrated. As for the even later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon the heat wave left some sun burned and raisiny bunches, yet the strict hand picking selection made sure only the healthy grapes made it to the cellar for the rich and powerful component of this blend.
Both varieties were submitted to pump-overs ( 4 times per day) in stainless steel to gain both optimal color and aromas from their skins. Natural malolactic fermentation took about 2 months to finish. The wines were then aged in 225 liter French oak barrels (Barrique Bordelaise) for 24 months (50% new oak). Assemblage was decided on with 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot, these proportions were chosen after many blending trials.
Potential age up to 10 years. Bottled with a natural cork closure, in order to ensure a unique aging capacity. Ideal serving temperature between 16-18°C/61-64°F.
Rib-eye, lamb, green bell pepper, grilled vegetables, Mediterranean spices, garlic twists, mint.
RS: 2.5 g/l
TA: 6.0 g/l