Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 1998

Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa

Item No. 53438
  • red wine
  • RP86
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Winemaker's Notes

Vineyards & Harvest: The grapes were hand-harvested between 14th and 21st February 1998 from 11-13 year old Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. (Clones: CS163, CS27, CS14, CS46.) The vineyards are situated on east- and north-facing slopes between 200 and 240m above sea level. Vinification: Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors. Pump-overs done twice daily during fermentation. Extended maceration on the skins after fermentation. The use of gravity and gentle pressing ensure full-flavored wines with soft, balanced tannins. The wine was racked into barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation. After further racking it spent 19 months in new and used French oak barrels, before being lightly filtered prior to bottling. Winemaker Comments: Intense rich berry and minty flavors balanced by soft, ripe tannins and a complex toasty finish. The wine will gain complexity with further maturation of between 7-10 years.

Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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