Capaia Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2017

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Stephan von Neipperg, Bernabé Strydom, Gerhard Augustyn
Main Variety - Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol - 13.5 %vol
pH - 3.61
RS - 2.8 g/l
Total Acid - 5.5 g/l
SO2 - 67 mg/l
Free SO2 - 27 mg/l
Appellation - Philadelphia

Characteristics

Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Medium
Taste - Fragrant


Tasting Notes

The Cabernet Sauvignon is rounded of by the Merlot, adding juicy red fruit flavours to the ripe black fruit flavours with nuances of spice and herbs. This Bordeaux style blend is well-crafted with firm tannins, enhancing the ageing potential.

Ageing Potential

5 – 7 years from vintage.

Blend Information

47% Cabernet Sauvignon; 33% Merlot; 8% Cabernet Franc; 8% Petit Verdot; 4% Shiraz

In The Cellar

Picked at optimum ripeness, these grapes are destemmed and undergo natural fermentation in large French-oak fermenters. Alcoholic fermentation lasts about 21 days during which gentle pump-overs encourage delicate flavour and colour extraction. Pressing of the skins when fermentation is completed, the wine is transferred to the barrels for malolactic fermentation. The individual components of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend are kept separate for a period of 6 months before being carefully blended. Thereafter the blend spends another 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill French-oak barrels.

Additional Information

Despite the ongoing drought, the 2017 vintage produced healthy vineyards and smaller berries with good colour and flavour concentration. These conditions, along with the ideal cool weather during harvest time formed the perfect combination for an exceptional quality grape harvest.


Other Vintages

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Capaia Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2017 Stephan von Neipperg, Bernabé Strydom, Gerhard Augustyn Cabernet Sauvignon
Capaia Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2016 Stephan von Neipperg, Bernabé Strydom, Gerhard Augustyn Cabernet Sauvignon
Capaia Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2015 Stephan von Neipperg, Bernabé Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
Capaia Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2014 Stephan von Neipperg, Bernabé Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
Capaia Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2013 Stephan von Neipperg, Bernabé Strydom Cabernet Sauvignon
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