TANAGRA
A place in the McGregor Valley with a difference

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TANAGRA
A place in the McGregor Valley with a difference

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TANAGRA
A place in the McGregor Valley with a difference

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Tanagra Carah 2016
A savoury Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz blend from old vines of two certified Single Vineyards.

Tanagra Carah 2016 (2mb) 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.

Vintage 2016
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