Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011

Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011

The Cabernet Franc has a colour of radiant crimson and purple hues followed by multi-layered, fragrant  aromatics of cinnamon spice, bouquet garni, fennel  and eucalyptus. On the palate the wine has a  mineral entry, backed by a firm acidity and finely  textured tannins. It is muscular and elegant, laced  with flavours of fennel, liquorice and white pepper. There is a whiplash of rich toffee on the lengthy  finish. 

variety : Cabernet Franc [ 100% Cabernet Franc ]
winemaker : Simon Thompson
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.00 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.35  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  


2013 Classic Wine Magazine Top 6
IWC 2013 - Bronze
Decanter 2013 - Commended

in the vineyard : Cultivar: Cabernet Franc, CF623B
Rootstock: 101-14
Planted: 2004
Row Direction: NW/ SE
Plant Density: 2 222 vines / ha
Soil Type: Oakleaf and Dundee 
Trellis System: VSP - 3 wire
Pruning: 2 bud spurs
Irrigation: Supplementary drip

about the harvest: Picking Date: 25 February 2011
Grape Sugar: 25° Balling
Acidity: 4.8
pH at Harvest: 3.9

in the cellar : Bunch and berry sorting: By hand 
Crushing and destemming: Delicate processing 
Pump overs: 3 times per day 
Cold soak: 3 days 
Wood maturation: 19 months in 300L French oak barrels, 25% new

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