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Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Shawn Thomson, Chris Geldenhuys & Willie Stofberg
Main Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Western Cape
Alcohol
14.2 %vol
pH
3.38
RS
6.4 g/l
TA
5.9 g/l
SO2
95 mg/l
FSO2
40 mg/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Off Dry
Body
Medium
Taste
Fruity

Tasting Notes

An accessible well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend with soft and ripe tannins. The typical Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of juicy black berries, ripe red berries and mint undertones are paired well with the Shiraz's pepper and spice to create a rich medium bodied wine.

Ageing Potential

Enjoy now or drink within three years of bottling

Blend Information

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Shiraz

Food Suggestions

Ideal with meaty pastas, BBQ chicken and game.

In The Vineyard

All the grapes for this blend came from within 5 km of the Du Toitskloof cellar. The vines, grafted on to Richter 99 and 101-14 rootstock and grow in slightly clayey, sandy soil. Based on soil moisture levels as measured by neutron hydrometers in the vineyards, controlled irrigation is applied. This practice ensures small berries with an excellent skin to fruit ratio, providing an intense colour and flavor spectrum. Leaf canopies were carefully managed to ensure the berries receive adequate sunlight.

About The Harvest

The grapes were picked when they reached optimum physiological ripeness.

In The Cellar

The grapes of the two cultivars were vinified in more or less the same way. They were crushed and de-stemmed at 24° - 26° Balling, and the mash pumped to rotor tanks where it was left on the skins for 3 days at temperatures between 10°C - 15°C to allow maximum extraction of colour and flavour. Selected yeast strains were added and fermentation allowed to take place at a controlled temperature of 24°C while the rotor tanks were turned every 4 - 6 hours to increase extraction. After the primary fermentation lasting six to seven days, the wine was racked and the skins pressed. After malolactic fermentation the wine was aged for six months in French oak before bottling.

Other Vintages

Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz 2013 Shawn Thomson, Chris Geldenhuys & Willie Stofberg Cabernet Sauvignon
Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz 2012 Shawn Thomson, Chris Geldenhuys & Willie Stofberg Cabernet Sauvignon
3L Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz Shawn Thomson, Chris Geldenhuys & Derrick Cupido Cabernet Sauvignon
Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz Shawn Thomson, Chris Geldenhuys & Willie Stofberg Cabernet Sauvignon
3L Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz Shawn Thomson, Chris Geldenhuys & Derrick Cupido Cabernet Sauvignon

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