Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 by Dragonridge
VARIETAL: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELATION: Swartland, South Africa
SOIL: Decomposed granite
ANALYSIS: Alc. 15.0%, Total acidity 6.0 g/l, pH 3.62, Residual sugar 3.2 g/l, Free SO2 4 ppm
CLOSURE: Screw cap
WINEMAKERS: Johan Simons & Andy Kershaw
Vineyards & Harvest
The Cabernet Sauvignon blocks are all unirrigated bush vines and are mostly over 15 years old. They are planted on granite sands with a largely west-facing orientation. Our vineyards are farmed organically, using only sulphur and copper as fungicides and no herbicides or pesticides are used. We spray the vines by hand and so only take tractors into the vineyards for harvest. In 2015, harvest for the Cabernet Sauvignon started on the 21st of January and continued intermittently until the 6th of February.
Thanks to excellent growing conditions, 2015 was a very successful vintage and provided us with undamaged, perfectly ripe grapes. All of our grapes are handpicked and sorted. The de-stemmed and crushed grapes were left on the skins for between 8 and 10 days in large bins so that natural fermentation could occur. The must was pressed at between 10 and 15 Balling, and fermentation was completed in tank. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. The wine was then put into 3rd fill (or older) French oak barrels until bottling in February 2016.
In the glass, this Cabernet is a deep, dark plum colour and has strong aromas of black fruit, coffee and chocolate. On the palate, there are the traditional cassis flavours which are pleasingly sweet thanks to the high alcohol levels. These are underpinned by a pleasing green bean like herbaceousness with a long, tantalising chocolate finish.
This wine has been made using wild yeast and traditional techniques. To maximise character it is proudly unfined and unfiltered so sediment will occur in the bottle and in your glass. To experience it at its best, stand the bottle vertically for 24 hours before opening and decant slowly an hour before serving. Each bottle has been hand labelled and stamped and is unique.