Rietvallei Wine Estate > Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
R130.00 per bottle

R780.00 per case

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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AWARDS & RATINGS

 

2018 VINTAGE:
2022 National Wine Challenge: Double Platinum / Top 100
2022 Gilbert Galliard International Wine Challenge: 91/100 Rating
2021 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver Outstanding

 

2017 VINTAGE:
2020 National Wine Challenge: Double Platinum / Top 100
2019 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver

 

2016 VINTAGE:
2018 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver

 

2015 VINTAGE:
2017 Tim Atkins SA Review: 91 point rating
2017 National Wine Challenge: Double Gold
2017 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show: Silver

 

2013 VINTAGE:
2015 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards: Gold

 

2012 VINTAGE:
2014 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver
2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition: Bronze

 

2009 VINTAGE:
2011 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards: Silver
2011 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver


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 were picked at optimum ripeness of between 24 and 25 °Balling (Brix) and allowed to ferment naturally (wild yeast). During fermentation, the temperature was regulated at 25 – 28 °Celsius and the cap soaked with pump-overs every two to three hours. When dry, the wine was left on the skins for another three days before racking and pressing.  After malolactic fermentation started, the wine was transferred to second and third-fill 300-litre French oak barrels where it was left to mature for 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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