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  • Fairview Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

    1 posts, 1 voices, 481 views, started Mar 13, 2009

    Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 by Denise Richardson


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      Fairview Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

      IN THE VINEYARD: Harvested from our Houmoed vineyards in Stellenbosch, which grow on koffieklip soils. This is a trellised vineyard, using the 3 wire extended Perold system. The vineyard received supplementary drip irrigation in late January and early February. The crop was thinned down to only one bunch per shoot (we usually have two per shoot). This resulted in much lower yields. The grapes selected for this wine is from a 12 year old block on the Houmoed farm.

      HARVEST DATE: Second week of March 2006

      Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch

      Alcohol: 14.2%
      Residual Sugar: 2.4g/l
      Total Acid: 5.6g/l
      pH: 3.65

      WINEMAKING: The grapes were handpicked at 25.1 degrees balling, destalked and crushed. Half of the grapes were fermented in 500 litre open ended French oak barrels, with manual punch downs three times per day. The remaining grapes were cold soaked and tank fermented. Bordeaux yeasts were used. The two components were aged separately in 225 litre French oak barrels for 12 months prior to blending and bottling. 20% new wood was used.

      WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS: A selection of the top grapes from our Houmoed vineyards is used to produce our single varietal Cabernet. We have committed to producing a top Cabernet from our Stellenbosch vineyards and we have seen the quality of the wines improving each year as the vineyard matures and we better understand the area. Anthony de Jager

      TASTING NOTE: Classic varietal character, showing blackcurrant, clove and cedar aromas. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel, with well integrated tannins. Dark fruit flavours, with a long finish.


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