The KWARTSKOP CABERNET SAUVIGNON was made from a small vineyard planted at an elevation of ±130m above sea level.
When you approach the vineyard in the afternoon, sunlight reflected off stones in the vineyard is the first hint one gets of the white quartz bedrock on which these vines are planted.
Together, the effects of light and rock weave this wine’s distinct, fruit-driven character. Planted in soils comprising decomposed shale and sandstone with a prominent quartz component, the vineyard is established on a South facing slope and planted with North-South row direction.
Here, South-Easterly oceanic summer winds offer respite during the hot ripening months.
The destemmed grapes were hand sorted and cold soaked for 4 days before the tank was inoculated. During fermentation, at 25 degrees, for two weeks the skins are punched down lightly 4 times a day.
After fermentation, the skins are left on skin contact for another 4 weeks. This brings extra structure and depth to the wine.
Maturation was done in a single 4th fill 225 litre French-Oak barrel for a period of 15 months.
Appearance – A vibrant garnet colour right to the edge.
Nose – Fruit forward notes lead the way to a perfumed floral component, with an under-ripe berry ‘greenness’ which ensures balance.
Palate – The approach is subtle, with a balanced minerality and elegant tannin. Fruit flavours dominate the palate, with a well-grounded forest floor earthy characteristic, leading to a long finish.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is a lot friendlier and more accommodating than many other interpretations of this varietal. Paired with goats cheese salad with pomegranate seeds or berries is an option for summer, while slow roasted lamb with Salsa Verde will satisfy during colder months.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
10 ton / ha
1 X 225L
14ºC - 16ºC
10 - 15 Years
1 - 2 Hours