Wine: Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling date: 03 March 2018 Production: 2800 x 750ml 150 x 1500ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol Extract Ph TA VA FSO2 TSO2 RS 13.38%vol. 29.7g/l 3.66 5.80g/l 0.74g/l 35mg/l 91mg/ 1.60g/l Source of Grapes: The fruit for our 2017 The Dark Side of The Vine Semillon was selected from a single vineyard planted in 1905 and growing in the Bo-Hoek area of the Franschhoek valley. Harvest dates: 22-27 February 2016 Winemaking: All our fruit were hand-picked and chilled in our cold-room overnight. The following day they are destemmed and transferred to 500kg fermentation bins for fermentation without crushing the berries. 30mg/l SO2 is added at this stage and no other chemical additions (acid, enzymes or tannins) made. The grape must is allowed to macerate for 3-4days before fermentation starts spontaneously. Fermentation lasts for 7-12days at a maximum of 28°C. To extract color, flavor and tannin from the grape skins the must is mixed by hand 3-4 times daily according to extract and tannin development. A short post ferment maceration is allowed to soften and focus tannins. At this stage the wine is drained and the skins pressed using our 1ton pneumatic press and transferred directly to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. After completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine receives a racking to remove solids and a SO2 addition before being laid down for a 21month maturation period. At this stage the final blend is assembled and allowed to mature for a further 3months prior to bottling. The wine received a light filtration before bottling, decanting is recommended within the first 3-5 years. Maturation: 24 months in French oak, 50% New Tasting note: Impressive, deep red colour. Rich intense nutty fruitcake nose with a mix of black and red wild berries. Some tobacco, smoke, toast and some cedar from the fine French oak. Big, intense palate with thick, broad tannins, though still quite fine. Long finish and loads of potential. CHEERS!
Black Elephant Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon
R285.00 – R1,710.00
Kevin Swart (Black) released his first vintage in September of 2013 and decided to call it Amazing Grace, Dans favourite song. The making of this wine has always been an emotional experience for Kevin and Gary, Kevins brother who comes and helps with harvest every year. Their younger brother, Darryl, was in a local band called Tree63 and they recorded a live version of Amazing Grace at one of the concerts. Kevin and Gary play the song during the making of the wine as a reminder and tribute to their Dad. The result of this created the idea of a Music and Wine pairing, the cornerstone philosophy behind the Black Elephant Brand. Under the guidance of Jacques and despite Kevin and Garys best efforts turns out a highly acclaimed vintage every year. the philosophy is very simple : get out of the way, these vines know exactly what they are doing! This wine is a tribute to Kevins late father Daniel Swart, who passed away on 26 March 2013 as well as his Father-in-law John Fleming and uncle John Simpson, both who paid significant roles in his and his wifes life. May this bring you fond memories of the the people in your life who you wish to pay tribute to. Cheers Best paired with Amazing Grace (live) by Tree63