SOUTH AFRICA


Wildekrans Cabernet Franc Merlot
2003 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard:
Soil Type: Bokkeveld shale.
Vine Age: 11 Years.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: Early morning on the 14 March 2003.
Yield: 6 tons per hectare.

Vinification:

After early morning harvest cool grapes are brought into the cellar and then undergo skin contact and cold maceration, for three to four days to extract soft tannins and ripe fruit flavors before allowing fermentation to begin. Throughout vinification handling was kept to a minimum to ensure that true fruit flavors were retained. The wine was matured in medium toasted older French oak for nine months. Lightly wooded to allow the fruit to express itself.
This wine is made in a lighter style becoming of Cabernet Franc.
It is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep garnet red.
Nose: Vanilla and black currant, intense raspberries and sweet berries interlaced with coffee aromas.
Palate: Rich and full, well balanced, easy to drink with a long lingering finish. The Merlot fruit adds complexity and interest to the palate.
Other: We believe there are no rules, experiment to your hearts content. Fillet Mignon, Hungarian Beef Goulash, Italian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Parmesan Chicken, Blue Cheese and Brie, Pasta with bacon and mushroom sauce, Chicken Liver Pate.
Ageing potential for this wine is four years.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.5
RS (g/l): 2.4
TA (g/l): 6.3
pH: 5.53
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