Zonnebloem Laureat 2006

Zonnebloem Laureat 2006

Colour: Dark ruby.
Bouquet: Raspberry, blackberry and blackcurrant with spices and hints of vanilla.
Taste: Medium to full-bodied with gentle fruit backed by vanilla and fine, lively tannin structure.

The winemaker suggests drinking it on its own or with robust cheeses, game or red meat dishes.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot ]
winery : Zonnebloem Wines
winemaker : Hendrik de Villiers
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.43 % vol  rs : 2.28 g/l  pH : 3.48  ta : 5.81 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

Veritas 2008 - Bronze
2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Silver & Best in Class

ageing : This wine can be enjoyed now, but has been structured to gain complexity with maturation over the next few years.

in the vineyard : Vinticulturist: Henk van Graan
The grapes were sourced from trellised, dry land and irrigated vineyards in the Jonkershoek, Devon Valley, Stellenbosch Kloof and Helderberg areas. Mostly south-west facing, they derive the maximum benefit from cooling maritime breezes to ensure slow ripening and concentrated fruit flavours, with a yield of 8 to 10 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested by hand from mid-February to early April at between 23.5° and 25.5° Balling when fruit and tannins were fully ripened but the berries and skins were still firm.

in the cellar : Each vineyard block was individually vinified and the juice fermented for 10 to 12 days at 26° C. Malolactic fermentation was induced in stainless steel tanks and the wine was aged in a combination of first and second-fill French, American and Hungarian oak for 14 months.

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