Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 1998 Front Label
Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 1998 Front Label

Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 1998

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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.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

WBO2388551_1998 Item# 53438

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