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Flower Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

R70.00

A deep, dark red wine with sweet fruit flavours of blackcurrant, raspberry and plum with hints of black liquorice. The palate is complex and refreshing with a good acidity. The flavours from the nose follow through to the palate with an earthy, minerality on the finish

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Harvest Description

The preceding two winters to the 2017 harvest has been the driest in recorded history on Lourensford. However, due to enough cold weather during winter the vines did go into proper dormancy with budding that occurred normally.  We also experienced one of the coolest and driest summers in history with moderate temperatures and cool nights that resulted in slow and even ripening. With good canopy management and perfect ripening conditions we managed to bring the grapes in at just the desired time. This resulted in refined wines with elegance, good natural acidity with depth and structure.

In The Vineyard

Altitude: 100-200m above sea level from various locations on Lourensford Wine Estate
Age of vines: 10-15 years
Rootstock: Richter 110
Clones: CS46, CS 359, MO 348, MO192, SH22
Slopes: North western facing slopes
Row direction: North-East to South West and North-South
Soil type: Varying soil profiles including high potential soil of Pinedene, Tukulu and Avalon

Analysis

Alcohol: 14 vol %
pH: 3.43
Total acid: 5.4 g/l
RS: 2.6 g/l
Closure: Aluminium screwcap with Saran/Tin liner

Wine Information

Cultivar: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 18% Durif
Wood: matures in varying ages of 300L French Oak barrels for up to 12 months

Maturation Potential

This vintage can be enjoyed up to 2021, but will reach its best drinking potential towards the middle of 2019.

Food Pairing

A wine to be enjoyed with everyday home-style dishes from meat on the barbeque to more hearty stews and pastas or even just with a beef sandwich for lunch.

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