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Mensa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Mensa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Wine Description This wine has intense flavours of dark chocolate and blackberry with spicy oak on the aftertaste.

Pan-seared Beef Tenderloin, Venison Stew, Dark Chocolate Brownies

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winemaker : Ben Snyman
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 6.4 g/l  pH : 3.50  ta : 5.56 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : The vineyards are planted in deep red soils, ensuring excellent water retention and contributing structure and fullness to the wine.

about the harvest: The average 2017 harvest temperature was low with exceptionally cold weather conditions. The vineyards generally showed good and balanced growth without it being excessive or too vigorous. In most cases the water supplies were sufficient to ripen the harvest while the ripening period was also cooler than usual as well as very dry. The grapes reached good acidity levels and lower pH levels and in most cases didn’t struggle to accumulate the sufficient sugar levels. The season was characterised by healthy, full-flavoured grapes.

in the cellar : After crushing, the grapes were allowed to cold soak for three days before being inoculated with known yeast strains. A controlled pump-over schedule was followed to extract intense colour without harsh tannins. The wine was fermented for 8 days on the skins and malolactic fermentation commenced in the tank. The wine was matured on French oak staves for 10 months.

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