Tanagra Carah 2016
A savoury Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz blend from old vines of two certified Single Vineyards.
|Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz blends are usually a speciality of Australia and found less often in the Cape. We just love this type of ‘New World’ blend – the Cabernet Sauvignon brings in structure and depth and combines it with the ripe spice and earthiness of the Shiraz. The name ‘Carah’ reflects the blend of cultivars (Ca[bernet] [Sy]rah) by using the French name of the cultivar, Syrah. This wine is perfect to enjoy now or within (at least) the next 5 – 6 years.
|Vineyard||Our Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards are right next to each other. Both are south-facing, slightly sloped vineyards at Tanagra (McGregor) on rocky Karoo soil and surrounded by Karoo fynbos and veld. Both are registered Single Vineyards.|
|Vines||Cabernet Sauvignon: 3 ha planted in 1998, Rootstock 101/14. 10 000 number of vines trellised in a North – South row direction on a 5 wire system|
|Yield||4 – 5 tons/ha|
|Vinification||Early morning hand selected harvest to optimize grape quality at 24.5 ballings. Hand-sorting of grapes before destemming. Whole berries are pumped into open top fermenter (without any green stems) and macerated there for about 4 days on the skins, allowing cooled grapes to extract colour and phenolic compounds prior to primary fermentation. Fermentation through natural (wild) yeast as soon as grapes reach room temperature. Punching down of fermenting must 3 times a day until fermentation is completed. Fermentation on the skins until about zero ballings. Gentle pressing of skins and malolactic fermentation in 225 litre neutral French oak casks for 14 months. Blending of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Shiraz (50%) just before bottling. Done with minimal interference through vinification, sediment may occur.|
|analysis||14.5 % Alc., PH 3.71, RS 2.5, TA 5.5|
|Tasting notes||Dark purple colour. The black berries and sweet spice from the Cabernet Sauvignon pair well with the earthy spiciness of the Shiraz, resulting in a well-balanced savoury wine.|
|Ratings||Platter’s 4 Stars & Good Value|
|Cases produced||640 cases (x 6 bottles)|
|Price||R 115 per bottle|