Jardin The Long Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
BLEND: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acid: 6.0g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.7g/l
APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.
SOIL: Glenrosa and Hutton
ASPECT: West-and North-facing slopes between 200-240m above sea level.
AGE OF VINES: 31-33years old
CLONES: CS163, CS27, CS14, CS46
To create the perfect soil environment for our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, many large, sub-surface granite boulders were excavated and blown up with dynamite. One of the boulders required over 300 charges, necessitating a very long fuse.
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.
The grapes were harvested between the 26th March and 5th April 2018 at 23.94°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 ensures 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.