ZA-MLP-03-18

Cabernet Sauvignon 'Stellenbosch', Leeu Passant

Cabernet Sauvignon 'Stellenbosch', Leeu Passant

A blend of parcels from the cooler parts of Stellenbosch. From one parcel of 39 year old dry farmed bush vine Cabernet Sauvignon planted in deep alluvial soils of Firgrove; 2 parcels planted on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain and one parcel planted in the deep decomposed Granite soils of the Polkadraai Hills.

Hand harvested grapes are cooled in our cold room then destemmed into tank. Minimal sulphur is added, and no further additions are made. The must is initially pigeaged once a day. After about 4 days fermentation begins without inoculation and the wine is pigeaged or pumped-over twice a day. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 28°C. Fermentation lasts from 7 to 10 days. After fermentation, a couple of weeks skin contact is given, and the wine is then drained and pressed to barrel. The wines are racked and blended in Spring and bottled after 20 months in barrel.

Maturation: 20 months in 500L French oak barrels; 30% new.

Producer:
Vintage:
2018
Country:
South Africa
Region:
Western Cape
Variety:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Color:
Red

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
93
Date:
2021-02-01
Review:
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has a fragrant bouquet of dark berry fruit, Earl Grey and light wet clayey aromas, quite complex and engaging. The palate is very well defined and classic in style, with a lightly spiced opening and white pepper and sage developing later. There is just the right amount of dryness toward the finish to get the saliva flowing. Classy.