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Zevenwacht Z Collection Reserve 2015

Zevenwacht Z Collection Reserve 2015
Zevenwacht Z Collection Reserve 2015
Intense blackberry and cassis fruit with hints of liquorice, cinnamon and allspice. The wine opens up to wet tobacco and pencil shavings that follows through to a dense palate with chocolate, plum and black cherry. The wine has a firm tannin that will allow the wine to develop well over the next decade.

Wine Style: Full bodied
When to Enjoy: To impress at dinner parties with a superb meal.
How to Serve: Good room temperate of 18 degrees.

Our meal suggestions: Excellent with a fillet mignon with a rich balsamic glaze served with baby potatoes coated in a parsley butter. Simply outstanding with rib-eye beef served on the rare side with stilton infused meaty gravy. Perhaps you have some more winning combinations?

What about the grapes? 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot,2% Cabernet Franc,2% Malbec,2% Merlot

And the vineyards (terroir):
2015 was a fantastic vintage in Stellenbosch with optimal ripening conditions and healthy vines resulting in powerful wines with great fruit expression. The heart of this blend comes from a Cabernet Sauvignon clone 46 vineyard, situated on a south westerly facing slope 150 - 200m above sea level, playing a big role in the aromatic potential, the tannic weight and absolute fruit density on the palate. The Merlot is from an older vineyard, next to the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc from a higher vineyard – 300m above sea level. All three blocks are on decomposed granite soils and express pure fruit and elegant tannins. The Petit Verdot and Malbec come from our new plantings at Zevenrivieren in the Banhoek Valley and are on heavier clay soils. The different sights each offer an element to the wine that adds complexity and definition to the wine.

How was it made: The components were vinified separately in open top fermenters with a combination over pumpers and punch downs to ensure optimal extraction. Malolactic fermentation was done in barrel and racked once after completion. The components for this blend were aged separately in 40% new,40% 2ndand 20% 3rd fill300L French Oak barrels for 18 months.

Should this wine age / mature: This wine has excellent aging potential and will develop beautifully between 8 – 10 years.

Technical Facts:
Grape Origin: Stellenbosch
Wine Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec &Merlot
Body: Full bodied
Acidity: Fresh Acidity
Barrel Treatment: Wooded
ALC: 14.5% RS: 3.4g/l TA: 5.3g/l pH: 3.69
Technical Analysis
alc 14.5
rs 3.0
pH 3.67
ta 5.4
Wine Information
Winemaker Hagen Viljoen
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
BlendPercent 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
FoodSuggest When to Enjoy: To impress at dinner parties with a superb meal.
How to Serve: Good room temperate of 18 degrees.
Our meal suggestions: Excellent with a fillet mignon with a rich balsamic glaze served with baby potatoes coated in a parsley butter. Simply outstanding with rib-eye beef served on the rare side with stilton infused meaty gravy. Perhaps you have some more winning combinations?
Ageing

This wine has excellent aging potential and will develop beautifully between 8 – 10 years.

Cellar Moderate summer temperatures allowed for a long ripening period producing good tannin, colour and sugar ripeness. We had small berry size resulting in dense colouration and high extract in the wine. The components for this blend were aged separately in new (40%) and 2nd (60%) fill French Oak barrels (300L) for 19 months. The best barrels were matured, blended and tasted in a comparative blind benchmark tasting against some of South Africa’s best Bordeaux styled blends.
Vineyard Three distinctive sites were identified at Zevenwacht for this blended wine.

The heart of this blend comes from a Cabernet Sauvignon clone 46 vineyard, situated on a south westerly facing slope 150 - 200m above sea level, playing a big role in the aromatic potential, the tannic weight and absolute fruit density on the palate. The Merlot is from an older vineyard, next to the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc from a higher vineyard – 300m above sea level. The three sights of the Polkadraai Hills, offer Ribena ripeness and generosity on the finish. The vines are trellised on a seven-wire hedge system. Pruned to two-bud spurs, allowing for 16 - 18 bearers per running meter. The Petit Verdot and Malbec blending components are purchased from Ernie Else until the new plantings on Zevenrivieren are ready to yield grapes.

Style
body Full
style Dry
taste Fruity
type Red
Type
Kosher 0
Organic 0
Vegetarian 0
Wooded 1
Pack
Closure Cork
Pack Size 750ml
Pack Type Bottle
  • Range: Zevenwacht Z Collection
R275.00
R275.00 per bottle
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