Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2009

Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2009

An accessible well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend with soft and ripe tannins. The typical Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of juicy black berries, ripe red berries and mint undertones are paired well with the Shiraz's pepper and spice to create a rich medium bodied wine.

Ideal with meaty pastas, BBQ chicken and game.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Shiraz ]
winemaker : Shawn Thomson, Chris Geldenhuys & Derrick Cupido
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 14.07 % vol  rs : 6.4 g/l  pH : 3.64  ta : 5.9 g/l  so2 : 109 mg/l  fso2 : 28 mg/l  
type : Red  style : Off Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Enjoy now or drink within 3 years after bottling

in the vineyard : Background
Du Toitskloof Wine Cellar (DTK) was established by six wine farmers as a cooperative winery in 1962. Today it has 22 members whose vineyards all lie within a 10 km radius of the cellar. It is located near the town of Rawsonville in the Breede River Valley, at the entrance to the Du Toitskloof Mountain Pass. The stony soils of the area are ideally suited to grape growing. DTK's award-winning wines are known for their excellent quality at affordable prices, and during the last five years it has been rated the South African cellar offering the best value by WINE magazine, three times. The cellar produces some 10 million litres of wine a year from 13 500 tons of grapes, of which 60% is white and 40%, red. Its major white cultivar is Sauvignon blanc, followed by Chardonnay, Chenin blanc and Semillon. The main red cultivars are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinotage.

In the vineyards
All the grapes for this blend came from within 5 km of the Du Toitskloof cellar. The vines, grafted on to Richter 99 and 101-14 rootstock and grow in slightly clayey, sandy soil. Based on soil moisture levels as measured by neutron hydrometers in the vineyards, controlled irrigation is applied, thereby also ensuring small berries with an excellent skin to fruit ratio providing an intense colour and flavour spectrum. Leaf canopies were carefully managed to ensure the berries receive adequate sunlight.

about the harvest: The grapes were picked when they reached optimum physiological ripeness.

in the cellar : The grapes of the two main cultivars were vinified in more or less the same way. They were pressed at 24° C - 26° Balling where after the juice was pumped to rotor tanks where it was left on the skins for 1 day at temperatures between 10° - 15° C to allow maximum extraction of colour and flavour. Elected yeast strains were added and fermentation allowed to take place at a controlled temperature of 24° C while the rotor tanks were turned every 4 - 6 hours to increase skin contact. After the primary fermentation lasting 6 to 7 days, the wine was provided with additionl depth. After malolactic fermentation the wine was aged for 6 months in French oak before bottling. The final blend was made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Shiraz.

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