Jordan CWG Sophia 2016

Jordan CWG Sophia 2016

BLEND: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot

ANALYSIS:
Alc: 13.5%
Total Acid: 5.9g/l
pH: 3.57
Residual Sugar: 2.1g/l

APPELLATION: Estate Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.

SOIL: Decomposed granite (Hutton and Glenrosa soil form).

ASPECT: The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes were harvested from the hillside vineyards at Jordan with views overlooking Table Mountain and False Bay.

AGE OF VINES: 28 years old.

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

Tasting notes

Complex, dark chocolate, black cherry and cassis intertwine with rich blackberry fruit and hints of vanilla and spice from the integrated French oak.  Densely layered ripe tannins add to the opulent   finish. Well-structured, this wine will reward careful cellaring for many years to come.

Winemaking & Maturation

A blend of the best “Cobblers  Hill”  barrels  and  a  reserve Cabernet Sauvignon,  this wine  has   been  named  “Sophia”   after the legendary mother   of   Faith, Hope and Charity.   Representing the characteristics of the three Bordeaux varieties that makes up this exceptional wine. Fermented at 28°C with  three pump-overs daily over the fermenting cap. After pressing, the wine was   racked to barrel where it completed malolactic fermentation. The wine spent a total of 24 months  in 225-litre French oak barrels to integrate the rich tannins and add complexity.

Accolades

2014 – Platter Guide 2018 – 5 star nomination
2013 – rated 90 points, Wine Enthusiast (September 2016)
2012 – rated 93 points, Miguel Chan, Top Sommelier
2012 – rated 91 points, James Molesworth in Wine Spectator

Vintages & Specs

2016 – Current vintage

Older vintages

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