Vinum Africa Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa

Price: $17.99
Item No. 59859
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Winemaker's Notes

Vineyards: Two selected vineyards, one located on the footslopes of the prestigious Helderberg Mountain and the other on the heights of Devon Valley. The Helderberg vineyard faces the ocean in a northwestern orientation while the Devon Valley vineyard faces west on the coastal side of Stellenbosch. Both vineyards benefit from cooling maritime breezes.

Vinification: Following a long, hot ripening season, picking occurred later than most in the area, holding on for full ripeness of the pips, rather than just sugar ripeness. The bunches were relatively small, with thick skins. Pre-fermentation cold soak for 3 days, followed by fermentation in tank. Cap-punching three times a day and pump-overs twice. One third underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel, and the rest in tank, to retain fruit and suppleness. These proportions were matured respectively for 11 months, with periodic micro-oxygenation and without sulphur additions. Of the barrel proportions, 80% was small French oak, 20% American; a third new, the rest split between 2nd & 3rd fill. The wines were assembled after almost one year, then egg-white fined. The wine settled naturally for a further two months, with no filtration until bottling.

Tasting Comments: The deep, shiny cherry hue and rich spicy nose combine to entice you before the wine even hits your tongue. Flavor, structure, fruit, promise and restraint. Intelligent oaking compliments rather than dominates the wine, allowing it to reflect its origin's natural flavors. Pencil lead, blueberry and mocha mingle seamlessly, bridging the lapse between sips. Good wine. Great value.

Learn About Vinum Africa

Vinum Africa brings together for the first time 4 passionate wine minds, from contrasting corners of the world, balancing different nationalities, wits and cultures. The overlapping common ground is incarnated in the form of their friendship and their wines. Innovation often comes from creative destruction. Consequently, they like to break down unnecessary barriers and formalities, and create off-beat wines with down to earth and novel or curious objectives.

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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