Reserve

2006 Cobblers Hill

Description

Spectacular panoramic views of Stellenbosch and Cape Town, cool hillside vineyards planted to classic varieties, and a modern family-run winery have combined to produce distinctive wines displaying the ripe concentrated fruity accessibility of the New World, with the complex elegance of classic wine. Cobblers Hill is the ultimate expression of an outstanding wine from the Stellenbosch terroir.

Variety

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

Vineyards

The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc were harvested from the 15 year old, west facing, Cobblers Hill vineyard, situated on decomposed granite soils (Hutton & Glenrosa soil form). This vineyard produces smaller berries ensuring concentrated fruit flavours. (Merlot clones 192 & 36 on R110 rootstock; Cabernet Sauvignon clones 27 & 14 on 101-14 rootstock & Cabernet Franc clone 1D on R110 rootstock).

Harvest Date

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested on 8th – 10th March 2006 at 24.4 – 24.9°B, the Merlot grapes were harvested on the 26th February 2006 at 23.3°B and the Cabernet Franc grapes were harvested on 10th March 2006 at 24.8°B.

Winemaking

Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors at 28°C. Three pump-overs were done daily over the fermenting cap.  After pressing, the wine was racked to barrel where it finished malo-lactic fermentation. A selection of the best barrels was made and the wine spent a total of 24 months in 225 litre French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Complex dark chocolate, black cherry and cassis intertwine with opulent blackberry fruit, and hints of mint and toasty vanilla. This is a big mouthfilling wine, with densely layered ripe tannins, beautifully balanced and refined – the ultimate expression of the Jordan terroir.

Analysis

Alc:  13.5%         TA: 6.0g/l         pH: 3.51         RS: 2.2g/l

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Awards

Received 4 ½ stars in the 2010 Platter’s South African Wines

Receive 90 points in Wine Enthusiast – March issue