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Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


Taste Something Worthy! Totus wines are produced in harmony with nature. Each varietal reflects the unique soil, climatic and growing conditions of this vintage and expresses its own natural characteristics in the bottle.

WINE OF ORIGIN – Coastal Region

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
A cold winter paired with continued rain in spring was accompanied by cooler than usual temperatures. Rain was unseasonal during the ripening period and varieties ripened out of sequence. Disease pressure was counteracted by the cool temperatures and strong south easterly winds that dried the vineyards after the rain. The usual summer temperatures arrived in March and the ripening process gathered good momentum. The mid – later ripening varieties had a longer ripening period, which resulted in excellent phenolic ripeness at lower sugar levels. A good, but challenging year for the SA wine industry.

VINIFICATION
After carefully monitoring the vineyards, the fruit is handpicked and delivered to the cellar only once optimum flavour and tannin maturity is reached. Crop levels vary between 4 – 5 tons to the hectare. All unwanted berries are excluded on the sorting table. The fruit is gently crushed to small open fermenters to allow cold soaking for 3 days. Inoculation with selected yeast cultures followed with fermentation lasting between 7 – 14 days @ 20ºC – 26ºC. The cap is gently punched through 3 times a day allowing maximum colour and flavour extraction. The free run and pressings were carefully blended to add complexity and structure. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in new and old French, American & Hungarian oak and allowed to mature for 12 months.

TASTING NOTES
A full bodied and supple wine displaying classic currant, plum and black cherry flavours. Richly textured with lingering notes of intense ripe berry fruit and well integrated oak.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol: 14.97%
RS:  3.7 g/l
TA:  5.6 g/l
VA:  0.41 g/l
PH:  3.75