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Flower Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019

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A dark red wine with flavours of blackcurrant, raspberry and hints of black liquorice. The palate is complex and refreshing with a good acidity. The flavours from the nose follow through to the smooth and juicy palate.

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Harvest Description

The preceding three years has been the driest in recorded history in the South African Wine producing regions. However, the hot, dry weather kept the vineyards largely disease and pest-free and while December and January were hot – hitting 35°C at times. There were no intense heatwaves and the end of the growing season grew cooler, leading to better colour and flavour.We experienced thunder storms during the flowering season in November and a severe thunder and hail storm during harvest in February. Thunder and lightning are full of nitrogen, which get deposited in the vines making them lush and green, in turn that helped with the overall state of our vines and ripening in a very difficult and dry season. Due to our unique topography and high rainfall we had enough water for all the normal requirements of our vines during and after harvest. Due to the dry season the crop levels were a little bit less than normal, but our overall quality is deemed very high as much of the loss in overall volume was due to smaller berries and bunches which, conversely, should lead to a greater concentration of flavour and colour in the 2019 wines.

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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