SOUTH AFRICA


Wildekrans Cabernet Franc Merlot
1998 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: North facing (sun all day)
Soil Type: Bokkeveld shale.
Vine Age: Planted in July (winter) of 1993.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 19 february 1998
Yield: 8.5

Vinification:

1998 WILDEKRANS CABERNET FRANC / MERLOT

Stalks and stems removed and berries only lightly cracked.
Yeasts were added and fermentation was completed in stainless steel tanks.
During fermentation juice pumped through skins three times daily for 2 days and thereafter twice daily to keep the cake moist.
After fermentation, wine was racked off skins, skins went into press, both pressed juice and wine were combined in tanks.
Malolactic culture was then inoculated and wine was left on staves for 6 months.
Bottled after a course filtration on November 10, 1998

Tasting Notes:

Color: Full, purple-red.
Nose: Minimal wooding allows the grapes to express inherent fruit and an unhindered, quince-like, earthy, spice, with hints of green peppers and possibly eucalyptus.
Palate: Silky smooth tannins from fully ripe grapes, no interference from wood, which is approachable from the merlot influence; if left to open in glass, liquorice tendencies will pervade.
Other: Blend of 85% cabernet franc and 15% merlot

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.5
RS (g/l): 1.9
TA (g/l): 5.4
pH: 3.67
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