Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Colour: Dark ruby with lighter edges.
Bouquet: Raspberry, blackberry, cherry and cassis with oak spices in the background that are all in harmony with one another.
Taste: Medium to full-bodied with gentle fruit backed by vanilla with a fine, lively tannin structure.

The winemaker suggests serving it with roasts or grilled red meat dishes and also savoury pastas.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winery : Zonnebloem Wines
winemaker : Hendrik de Villiers
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.84 % vol  rs : 2.61 g/l  pH : 3.52  ta : 6.17 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : The wines are styled to be accessible and easy to drink, with a soft palate but structured to show a prominent varietal character and, in the case of the reds, to last for five to ten years.

in the vineyard : Zonnebloem, one of South Africa’s best known and biggest selling brands, offers outstanding value for money. It has one of the longest histories of any wine label in South Africa, dating back to the early part of the 18th century when wines were already made on the farm, Zonnebloem at Simondium. By the 1940s, Zonnebloem wines were regularly earning accolades at Cape wine shows and were even being imported by Burgoynes of London. Over the nearly 60 years since then, Zonnebloem has been a familiar accompaniment to many meals over many generations.

The vineyards (viticulturist: Henk van Graan)
The grapes, planted on south and south-west facing slopes to create cooler microclimates, were sourced from vineyards in the Devon Valley, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch Kloof and Helderberg areas. They range in age from 15 to 20 years and yielded 8 to 10 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested by hand from mid to end March at 24° Balling, and fermented on the skins for 10 to 12 days.

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