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2012 Gabriëlskloof The Blend

Tasting Notes
The Blend is a five-way Bordeaux style blend that is Cabernet Sauvignon led, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot being the other building blocks. During harvest, the selection of the best fruit starts in the vineyard. The grapes are handpicked into table grape crates and individual berry sorting further ensures that only the best quality, optimally ripe grapes are vinified. The cool maritime climate of the farm results in naturally lower yields – an average of eight to ten tons per hectare.During fermentation, the grapes undergo a three to five-day cold soaking at 12°C, which enables a gentle, water-based extraction of colour, flavour and structure. A combination of traditional and modern extraction methods is used. A membrane press is used to gently release the promise of the fruit, with no more than 0.8 bars of pressure being applied.After 12 months of oak maturation in barrique, the winemaker selects the best barrels through a rigorous blind tasting process. The chosen barrels undergo further tastings to determine the percentages of the different varieties that will go into the final blend, to produce a wine that truly reflects the style and character of our Bot River Bordeaux varieties.

Cabernet Sauvignon 44%, Cabernet Franc 38%, Petit Verdot 11%, Malbec 5%, Merlot 2%

Alcohol: 14.0%
Sugar: 2.4 g/l
pH: 3.56
TA: 5.6 g/l