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Asara The White Cab 2016

Technical Analysis
Danielle le Roux
Main Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon
12.21 %vol
4.6 g/l
5.1 g/l
Off Dry

Tasting Notes

White peach whiffs, with grenadine and tropical fruits and notes of almond butter. A mouth watering sweet entry of winter melon, rounded off by gooseberry. Zesty to the finish.

Blend Information

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

In The Vineyard

It’s a little known fact that one of the world’s best-loved red wine varieties; the masculine, muscular Bordeaux cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon has its roots in a white wine of similar celebrity. DNA profiling at Davis University in 1997 demonstrated conclusively that Cabernet Sauvignon was a cross between Cabernet Franc and none other than Bordeaux’s Sauvignon Blanc. That the variety could be vinified as a white wine seemed obvious to Asara’s winemaking team. Setting aside a vineyard of optimal quality, with conditions known to enable extended ripening, the team created the first white Cabernet Sauvignon that South Africa had seen. The interest was immediate, the profile was unique, and Asara earned its place in winemaking history. Single vineyard planting at an altitude of 100m. East-facing rows restrict sun exposure on the bunch zone. The canopy is managed to further occlude the sun, and the soil type, Tukulu, was selected specifically for its water retention capacity. Up until final ripening, vineyard micromanagement aims to slow the fruit development phase. Five days prior to harvest the canopy is broken to increase sunlight exposure on the grapes. The vineyard yields an average of 8 tons per hectare of healthy, vibrant grapes.

About The Harvest

The grapes are harvested in the cool of morning at 22° Balling, showing minimal colour development and optimal skin integrity

In The Cellar

From point of picking, the cold chain is maintained. Fermentation ensues in tank, and after settling the wine remains on the lease for four months. Matured in tank for optimal preservation of fruit flavour integrity

Other Vintages

Asara The White Cab 2016 Danielle le Roux Cabernet Sauvignon
Asara The White Cab 2015 Francois Joubert Cabernet Sauvignon
Asara The White Cab 2014 Francois Joubert Cabernet Sauvignon

Additional Information
Asara’s Speciality range is an eclectic collection of wines that represent a twist on regional specialities. Niche and unique, the range reects the quality of an estate whose vinous history dates back to 1691.


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