2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Jardin Cab Sauv 2012

BACKGROUND

The distinct ravine in the Stellenbosch Kloof ward allows the opportunity to harness the cooling influences from the False Bay on our south and east facing slopes. This captures the intense flavour compounds found in the grape skins.

LOCATION & CLIMATE

The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allows us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties.

Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with mari-time influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast’s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our meso-climate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening peri-ods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.

APPELLATION

Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.

SOIL

Glenrosa and Hutton

ASPECT

West-and North-facing slopes between 200-240m above sea level.

AGE OF VINES

15 – 20 years old

CLONES

CS163, CS27, CS14, CS46

BLEND

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13.5%
Total Acid: 5.9g/l
pH: 3.61
Residual Sugar: 1.9g/l

TASTING NOTES

Progressive techniques such as overhead fermenters, pump-overs and gravity flow allow for the extraction of fully developed flavours and soft ripe tannins without compensating the tension and elegance captured from the various cabernet slopes. Here especially, the climate plays a significant role to allow great fruit expression and classic essences of cedar, brambles and toasted tobacco.

HARVESTING

The grapes were harvested between the 9th of March and the 16th of March 2012 at 23 – 24°B.

WINEMAKING & MATURATION

Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors. Pump-overs were done three times daily during fermentation. Selected tanks received extended maceration on the skins after fermentation. The use of gravity and gentle pressing ensure full-flavoured wines with soft, balanced tannins. The wine was racked into barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation. After further racking it spent 18 months in new and used French oak barrels, before being lightly filtered prior to bottling.

ACCOLADES

2011- American Express Trophy for the best Cabernet Sauvignon at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2014
2010- Gold Medal at the 2013 Veritas Awards
2009- 90 points in the Wine Enthusiast, July 2014 Issue