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Steenberg Catharina Red 2016

Steenberg Catharina Red 2016

The 2015 Catharina showcases an intense ruby red colour in the glass with notes of cedar wood, blackcurrant and smoked meat upon first swirl. Ethereal aromas of bramble, black cherry, black tea, dried violet, fynbos, and star anise come to the forefront. Merlot adds ripe, wild strawberry to the palate while the Syrah provides a subtle spiciness on the back palate and contributes to the savoury, lingering finish. The Petit Verdot adds body and finely structured powdery tannins to the palate.


variety : Merlot [ 80% Merlot, 16% Shiraz, 4% Petit Verdot ]
winemaker : JD Pretorius
wine of origin : Constantia
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.3 g/l  pH : 3.63  ta : 5.4 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : The nervy acidity and minerality keeps the fruit bright and fresh with a cellaring potential of five to ten years.

in the vineyard : Soil type Clovelly / Decomposed granite
Trellising Elongated Perold
Age of vine: 13 - 21 years
Pruning Spur - 2 bud
Rootstock Richter 110

about the harvest: Harvest Date: February / March 2015
Yield: 8.5t/ha

in the cellar : Catharina is a barrel selection of the best barrels from each vintage deemed good enough to produce our flagship red. Each cultivar is vinified and aged separately in a traditional red wine making style. On average the grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23° - 25° B. The juice was fermented on the skins for 15 - 20 days, allowing the temperature in the tank to peak at 30°C. Gentle pump-overs occurred twice per day. After pressing, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (72% new, 10% second fill, 10% third fill and 8% fourth fill) for malolactic fermentation and maturation of 19 months. The wine underwent a light fining before bottling in October 2016.

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