2014 CHRONICLE CAPE BLEND

2014 Chronicle

This blend is meant to serve as a record or Chronicle of the estate in its entirety each year. Due to the varying soil types, elevations and aspects each block brings a unique character to the blend.

Vintage Overview

2014 was a typical year for the Cape. It was a warm dry summer after a good wet winter. The 2014’s are showing well now and will improve with time in the bottle.

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Vineyard

Aspect: Entire Estate. All aspects.

Age: 12 to 25 years old

Yield: 4 – 6 tons/hactare

Notes: A component from all 19 vineyard blocks are used in this wine. Our vineyards are planted on 8 different soil types over the estates 50 hactares.

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Cellar

Sorting: Whole bunches are sorted on a conveyor belt and berries are sorted on a vibrating sorting table. All sorting done by hand and berries are not crushed.

Fermentation: All batches are fermented wild before going to barrel. Each batch is kept separate for 1 year in barrel before the blend is made up and the wine returned to barrel to mature for another 12 months.

Maturation: 24 months in French oak barriques, ranging from new (30%) to 3 rd fill.

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Tasting Notes & Analysis

Colour: Dark red

Nose: Cranberry, black current, cherries, anise, white pepper and violets.

Palate: Broad, ripe palate. Fine chalky tannin with an integrated acidity.

14 % Alc.; pH 3.62; 1.8g/L R.S.; 5.8 g/l TA; 0.68 g/L VA; 32 mg/L FSO2; 120 mg/L TSO2.