Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon 2012





The colour of dark plums. Young berries and cassis with a hint of menthol can be found on the nose. Black cherry and plum transition to bittersweet chocolate through the mid-palate. This wine is medium-bodied, with well-integrated oak with smooth supple tannins. The finish is clean and lingers with a well integrated fruit profile.

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine are planted on shale and coffee stone gravel soils and some decomposed granite. The vines are between 12 and 18 years of age and are planted predominately in a north-west / south-east direction at an altitude at a minimum of 180 metres and 265 metres maximum above sea level. The vines are VSP trained with two bud spur pruning and 101/14R110 root stock.

The 2012 vintage was long and warm with consistent ripening throughout. There were occasional cold spells in between which helped to achieve good levels of natural acidity within the grapes. Harvest of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes took place exclusively by hand in February and March. Yields were six tonnes per hectare.

Grapes were crushed on arrival at the winery and left to cold soak for 24 hours. The juice was innoculated with selected yeasts and fermentation took place in open and closed top stainless steel fermenters between 26 and 29°C. Fermentation lasted 7-10 days with punch-downs and pumpovers three times a day to extract the required levels of colour and tannin. A three to four week maceration after fermentation occurred before ageing in 200 litre second and third use French barrels for 15 months. The wine was bottled after light filtration and kept in bottle for another six months before release.

14% abv

Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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