R165.00

Saartjie Cabernet Franc 2018

Saartjie Cabernet Franc 2018. A well-structured wine with lovely spicey notes and firm tannins.

R990/case of 6

Description

Saartjie Cabernet Franc 2018

The Saartjie Cabernet Franc 2018 is a well-structured wine displaying a bright red hue. There are chalky notes on the nose with a lovely minerality coming through. On the palate, there are hints of peppery spice, floral notes, and red berries. A firm but soft tannin structure allows this wine to be enjoyed now but will benefit from further aging.

The Saartjie range of single cultivar wines, are estate-grown and produced from small single blocks of vines. The utmost care and careful selection take place to ensure only the best wines are produced as a result. The Saartjie name was introduced after our winemaker’s Jack Russell pup, Saartjie.

Analysis:

Alc: 14.56%

RS: 2.6 g/l

TA: 5.6 g/l

pH: 3.70

Tasting Notes

VINEYARD:

North West facing slopes

SOIL TYPE:

Well drained Hutton & Glenrosa soils

VINEYARD AREA:

Small blocks varying between 0.3 & 1.2 hectares in extent.

TRELLIS:

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP) with two movable wires

IRRIGATION:

Used sparingly, to supplement evaporative losses during grape ripening & verasion (changing from green to red colour)

HARVESTED:

At optimum ripeness during early and middle March. Petit Verdot the latest ripener was harvested in early April.

DEGREE BALLING:

Between 23.5˚ & 24.5˚B for all 5 cultivars -hence the relatively low alcohol concentration

FERMENTATION:

Cold soaking on skins for two nights with repeated pump overs to extract maximum colour & flavour in a non-alcoholic environment. After fermentation, wine was racked into 30% new & 2nd fill 225L French oak barrels. Nine months barrel maturation.