Chameleon Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot 2018
Tecomaria capensis, commonly known as the Cape Honeysuckle, attracts bees, bugs, and butterflies, so is the perfect habitat for the Cape Dwarf Chameleon. Its bright orange flowers often bloom all year round but are especially prevalent in autumn. This plant can be found in several areas on the estate, especially in the gardens of the Jordan Luxury Suites where colourful sunbirds also feast on the nectar.
BLEND: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 10% Shiraz
Total Acid: 6.3g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.1g/l
APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.
SOIL: Decomposed granite and loam.
ASPECT: North and east-facing vineyards.
AGE OF VINES: 14 – 28 years
Often coined the “Baby Cobblers Hill” for its reminiscence to the estate’s flagship red blend. Plush textured merlot fills the framework provided by the cabernet, leading to approachable flavours of sun-ripened plum & dark-skinned spring berries with a top-note of herbal dried mint.
The cabernet sauvignon was harvested at 23.3°B between 28th March and the 4th of April 2018. The merlot was harvested at 24°B between the 6th and the 23rd of March 2018.
WINEMAKING & MATURATION
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 16 months in 225 litre French oak barrels (mostly Nevers and Alliers).
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