Rietvallei Wine Estate > Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Red and blackberry fruit infused with cherry and cassis and hints of coffee. The palate reveals a noticeable toastiness, a touch of vanilla, and soft juicy tannins.

FOOD PAIRING & SERVING SUGGESTION:

Pair with rare roast beef, leg of lamb or any other red meats and pastas.

SERVE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE (18°C)

Description

AWARDS

2017 VINTAGE
National Wine Challenge 2020 – Double Platinum

2016 VINTAGE
Veritas Awards 2018 – Silver Award

2015 VINTAGE
Tim Atkin 2017 SA Review – 91 point rating
National Wine Challenge 2017 – Double Gold Award
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2017 – Silver Award

2013 VINTAGE
Michelangelo Awards 2015 – Gold Award

DESCRIPTION

VITICULTURE

The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are planted on a north-west facing slope of the highest hill on the estate, some 155 meters above sea level, called Klippiesdal (which directly translates to Stonedale and named so because of the high concentration of river stone in the soil). The vineyards are trellised and under micro irrigation and where planted in 1998.

WINEMAKING

The grapes are picked at optimum ripeness at approximately 25 °Balling (Brix). After de-stemming and slight crushing the mash is taken to open concrete tanks for fermentation. During fermentation the temperature is regulated between 25-28ºC and the cap regularly wetted by the traditional method of pushing the skins down into the must manually every two hours. This together with pumping-over of the must onto the skins allows the colour and flavour to be extracted very effectively. It normally takes about five days to ferment dry and is then left on the skins for another five days before racking and pressing. After malolactic fermentation starts the wine is transferred to 300 liter French oak barrels where it is left to mature for a minimum of 12 months.

THE WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

This is a full-bodied wine with a deep, almost black colour. Lots of red and black fruit flavours infused with cherry and cassis and hints of coffee on the nose. These flavours follow through on the palate together with black current and dark chocolate, ending with a noticeable toastiness, a touch of vanilla and soft juicy tannins.

FOOD PAIRING & SERVING SUGGESTION

Pair with rare roast beef, leg of lamb or any other red meats and pastas. Serve at room temperature (18ºC).

WINE ANALYSIS

Residual Sugar: 4.8 g/l
Alcohol: 13.38 %
Acidity: 6.4 g/l
PH: 3.44 VA: 0.78 g/l
Total Extract: 42.4 g/l
Total SO2: 105 mg/l
Free SO2: 29 mg/l

PACKAGING DETAILS

Bottle volume: 750ml
Case size: 6 x 750ml
Pallet size: 90 x 6 x 750ml
Case weight: 9.4 kg
Closure: Natural Cork

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