2007 Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon
41%
Cabernet Franc
41%
Merlot
18%

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On the nose the wine has dark berry flavors with hints of red plum and cherry tobacco which is well integrated with expansive vanilla wood.   The fruit flavors are intense, compact and concentrated. The mouth feel is that of a full bodied wine with an elegant soft creamy refined texture, the tannins are well rounded with a long elegant finish.  A wine that will benefit with further bottle maturation.

Decant for 30 minutes if you want to drink it now.

2007 Harvest Report - CIWG

"A harvest licensed to thrill" with "sugars going ballistic" during the heat wave, were some of the more colourful descriptions of a harvest that started with a bang in the initial rush to bring in early varietals before the cooler weather slowed down the pace. Getting the timing right was one of the biggest challenges and winemakers who managed to get their early grapes safely into the cellar enjoyed a shorter and more relaxed harvest. With the exception of Sauvignon blanc, most yields were down on last year.

CWG Cellarmaster Charles Hopkins of De Grendel Wines, considers this one of the best Sauvignon blanc years in a long time. "Even with the heat wave taking its toll on the delicate fruit flavours at the start of the harvest, above average wines can be expected this year".

The harvest was preceded by ideal cool growing conditions with rain in spring and early summer producing smaller berries of excellent colour and concentrated fruit. The heat wave affected all regions with varying intensity with early varietals such as Pinotage and Pinot noir taking most of the brunt. Shiraz and Cabernets benefited from the cooling rains in February achieving good tannin structure and balanced ripening.

Growing conditions

Excellent winter conditions with above average rainfall prevailed in most wine growing areas and although there was less snow than in previous years, it was cold enough to ensure a good winter rest period for the vines.

Paarl reported its first good winter rest period in four years and one of the best growing seasons ever with the cool conditions resulting in natural acidity, low pH's along with steady sugar increases, all boding well for a superb year.

A cooler, wet spring resulted in uneven budding and berries at different levels of ripeness requiring winemakers to practice green harvesting halfway through the véraison, the early development stage of the grapes.

Harvest

Apart from the sudden heat wave towards the end of January that saw temperatures soar to over 40° wreaking havoc with early ripening reds, harvest conditions nomalised with some welcome rain in February and March. In the Paarl region where vineyards ripened up to four weeks earlier than in 2006, the temperature spiked to 48° in the shade on "Bloody Wednesday" during the last week of January. This caused sugars to "go ballistic" and acids to plummet in the space of seven days. Pinot noir and Merlot were most affected by the heat wave.

February rains helped slow down the speedy ripening of later varietals resulting in excellent tannin structure, flavour and acids for Shiraz, Cabernets and Petit Verdot. Big, structured wines, with good colour and outstanding fruit intensity are expected this year as a result of smaller crops and smaller berries. In Franschhoek, the harvest started two weeks earlier and yields are almost all lower than last year. At Boekenhoutskloof, Marc Kent's premium Cabernet blocks are down by at least 50%.

Stellenbosch had one of the earliest harvests ever and the manic rush to bring in the early varietals paid off with promising results. Later varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz benefited from the cooler weather allowing slower ripening. There is general excitement about the whites with great flavours, textures and lower sugars than in previous years. Fabulous fruit characters with accessible tannins can be expected from the reds and blending will be an exciting challenge with the early varietals showing higher acidity as opposed to the later riper, rounder wines.

23 April 2007

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