Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2002

Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2002

An exceptional wine with a smooth, velvety mouthfeel and subtle, elegant tannins. Blackcurrant blueberry aromas with nuances of white pepper, coffee bean and a delicate earthiness.

Recommended with Canadian salmon with a reduced balsamic vinegar and wasabi sauce, braised neck of pork with a prune and date sauce or rack of lamb with a rosemary oil drizzle.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 6% Pinotage ]
winemaker : Schalk-Willem Joubert
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.7  ta : 5.6 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : While accessible in its youth, this wine will gracefully improve with further bottle maturation.

in the vineyard : Cultivar: Cabernet Sauvignon 53%, Merlot 41%, Pinotage 6%
Situation: Simonsberg, Groot Drakenstein, Stellenbosch, Durbanville
Appellation: Coastal
Altitude: Average 300m
Distance from sea: Approximately 22km
Soil type: Decomposed Table Mountain Sandstone, Glenrosa, Tukulu, Hutton
Rootstock: R110, R99. Mgt 101-14
Age of vines: 7-15 years
Trellising: 5 wire Perold trellis system
Irrigation: Drip irrigation

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested from mid February to end March 2002.
Method of harvesting: The grapes were hand-picked
Yield: 7 ton per hectare

in the cellar : Alcoholic fermentation occurred in 10 000 litre stainless steel tanks. An average of 28 to 30 days skin contact resulted in excellent concentration of colour, aromas and flavour compounds. Malolactic fermentation took place naturally in French oak barrels.

Ageing in Barrel: 17 months
Oak type: 225 litre French oak barrels, medium and medium+ toast
Blending: June 2003
Bottled: September 2003
Production: 36 500 cases, 6x750ml

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