SOUTH AFRICA


Wildekrans Cabernet Franc Merlot
2001 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: March 8, 2000.
Yield: 8.5

Vinification:

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 in French oak for 8 months.
Bottled on November 3, 2001; making 980 cases

Tasting Notes:

Color: Garneet red, deep intense centre.
Nose: Careful barrel aging allows the Cabernet Franc to express inherent fruit and an unhindered, raspberry-spice, which later reveals ripe plums and nuts.
Palate: Well-balanced tannins from fully ripe grapes, big full grip, chewy, but approachable due to the Merlot’s influence, revealing rich depth and great length.
Other: This is a blend of 91% cabernet franc and 9% merlot.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.0
RS (g/l): 2.0
TA (g/l): 5.7
pH: 3.58
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