Neil Ellis WINES | Premium Range
Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
The Jonkershoek Valley and more specifically the south facing slopes are of the coolest sites in Stellenbosch. The vineyards are also influenced by southerly breezes during the summer months which has a beneficial effect. Further parcels of fruit are sourced from complimentary sites within the Stellenbosch area.
Trellised vineyards with supplementary irrigation grown on mainly decomposed granite soils.
The Grape Variety
100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Harvest commenced on 3 March. Grapes were harvested between 24.2°B and 25.9°B with a total acid of 7.3 g/l and a pH of 3.3.
Fermentation initiated in stainless steel tanks and underwent a series of pump overs until dry. Further maceration was allowed before drawing off and light pressing.
The wine spent 15 months in 35% new oak French oak barrels.
Residual Sugar: 1.54 g/l
Total Acid: 5.91 g/l
Medium red, purple in colour, the wine has tones of blackcurrant, violet and cedar aromas with touches of mint. The rich, ripe opulent but youthful palate has plummy fruit, a background of new oak and fine tannins. This is a multi-faceted wine that needs time to mature.