Bradgate Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot 2015

Bradgate Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot 2015

BLEND: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Syrah

ANALYSIS
Alc: 14%
Total Acid: 5.7g/l
pH: 3.61
Residual Sugar: 1.9g/l

APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

SOIL: Decomposed granite and loam

ASPECT: Cabernet & Merlot are on north- and east-facing vineyards. The Syrah is situated on a single west-facing vineyard overlooking Cape Town and Table Mountain vineyard range.

AGE OF VINES: 11– 25 years

Description

Rich, plummy Merlot complements the minty, blackcurrant flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon. Nuances of the spicy, peppery and dark berry fruit of the Syrah, adds complexity to the blend.

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 maritime 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 mesoclimate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.

Harvesting & Winemaking

The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested at 23°B between 24th of February and 8th of March 2015. The Merlot was harvested at 23.8°B between 11th  & 28th of February and 4th of March 2015.

Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors. Pump-overs were done three times daily during fermentation. The use of gravity and gentle pressing ensure full-flavoured wines with soft, balanced tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot underwent malo-lactic fermentation in the barrel. The various portions of the blend spent 10-16 months in 225-litre French oak barrels (mostly Nevers and Alliers).

Food pairing

Perfect as an aperitif or with fresh summery lunches or creamy pasta dishes.

Spec sheets & vintages

Vintages

2015   |   2014    |   2013   |    2012   |   2011  |    2010

2009  |  2008   |   2007   |   2006   |   2005  |   2004

2003  | 2002    |   2001   |   2000   |   1999   |   1998

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