GREAT EXPECTATIONS TRIANGLE 2014
52% Cabernet Franc 43% Petit Verdot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
These vineyards are planted on rocky, weathered shale soil with high lime content on a south sloping terroir.
Moderate temperatures during ripening, ensured even ripening. Cool night temperatures was favourable for good colour development in the skins.
Hand harvested into 2 ton bins, after we did grape selection in the vineyard. Production of 6000 litres per hectare.
Grapes were harvested at 24-26 degrees balling. Cold soaking for 24 hours at 15 degrees Celsius. Fermentation took place at 26 degrees Celsius for 4 days. It was left in fermentation tank for 5-7 days and then racked into stainless steel tanks where it went through malolactic fermentation. This process was completed after 4-6 weeks. All the components were aged in for 14 months 2nd and 3rd fill French oak 300 litre barrels. After maturation the cultivars were blended and bottled after a light filtration.
Alcohol 14 vol % Sugar 3,1g/l pH 3,5 Acidity 5,6 g/l V/A 0,52
Deep, crimson red with purplish hue colour. The cigar box and blackberry flavour are very prominent on the nose. The subtle oaking adds complexity and structure to this wine.