Tanagra Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018 (Single Vineyard Wine)
A delightful fresh and dry Rosé exploding with fruit made of 100% Cabernet Franc from old vines of a certified single vineyard.
|The grapes for this delicious & unusual Tanagra Rosé come exclusively from old vines of our most precious and smallest certified single vineyard, our Cabernet Franc, a cultivar only rarely found as a single cultivar, let alone for a Rosé. We usually release it as a Blanc de Noir but as the berries for this 2018 vintage were so small its colour turned out so dark that we decided to call it a Rosé for this vintage. It is a dry and deliciously fresh Rosé that can be equally enjoyed as an easy ‘pool wine’ or be a serious companion to food. It is perfect to enjoy now or within the next 2 – 3 years.
|Vineyard||North-facing vineyard (1 ha) at Tanagra (McGregor), at almost 140m altitude, registered as Single Vineyard. Soil mixed with slightly rocky parts and clay structure|
|Vines||Planted in 2002, Rootstock: Richter 110; 4200 number of vines trellised in a North-South row direction on a 5 wire system|
|Yield||5 – 6 tons/ha|
|Vinification||Early morning hand selected harvest to optimize grape quality at 22.5 ballings. The grapes are cooled down at 10 degrees overnight. Whole bunches are processed via a mash pump to gently squeeze the berries into a bladder press. Free run juice is separated from the stalks and skins, with only 5% of gently pressed juice. Minimal skin contact is given via this process. The juice is clarified, naturally, overnight. The clarified juice is moved to the next vessel where spontaneous fermentation takes place. Fermentation is done at a constant temperature of about 16 degrees Celsius. Fermentation takes about 4 weeks and the wine is kept afterwards for at least 3 months on the lees. Done with minimal interference through vinification, sediment may occur.|
|analysis||13.0 % Alc., PH 3.04, RS 1.9, TA 6.6|
|Tasting notes||Dark raspberry colour as well as raspberry & strawberry on the nose, balancing well with the acidity and the dry finish. Rather spicy, fresh and alive this wine cannot deny its descent from Cabernet Franc.|
|Cases produced||700 cases (x 6 bottles)|
|Price||R 95 per bottle|