Mats Vineyard

MARKLEW CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005

“Cabernet has a reputation to uphold, and the Marklew Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 does just that. Its big with dark fruit and lots of juicy tannins. But the tannins are so well balanced that you don’t get overpowered. ”  – Mathew

Food and serving suggestions: Red meats eg. Venison, Ostrich, Beef, Stews.

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Winemaker Duan Britz’s notes: Well toned muscularity, classic cassis/mulberry concentration with dry insistent tannins which yield to memorable finish. Can be enjoyed now but will improve with bottle age and can still be drunk 10 years from vintage

Climate/Terroir: Mediterranian.

Soil: Red Hutton

Vinification/Maturation: Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 was hand picked at optimum ripeness, sorted and vinified from a 19 year old bush vine block and an 11 year old trellised, dry land vineyard.The combination of these two vineyards gives great structure, complexity and depth to the wine.

Grapes get pumped and plunged numerous times during a long fermentation period for maximum extraction.  After fermentation, grapes were lightly pressed in a small traditional basket press. Oaking – 12 months in 40% new, 60% 2nd fill barrels. MLF done in barrels.  95% French, 5% American oak.

Chemical Analysis: Alcohol – 13.76 vol%; Res. Sugar – 2.4; Acidity – 6.4; pH – 3.72

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