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Metzer, Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

The guiding principle for Wade Metzer’s winemaking philosophy is that winemaking must always respect the fruit. To achieve this he uses non-interventionist principles; no mechanical interventions, indigenous yeasts and no fining or filtration. Many of his wines are Old Vine Certified, including this Chenin.

90% Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Shiraz. Grapes sourced from the Steynsrust area of the Helderberg; planted on heavily weather granitic soils overlooking False Bay.

100% destemmed into open top fermenters. 5 days of cold soak preceded fermentation, during which it was punched down once a day. After fermentation the wine was gently basket pressed before being gravity fed into oak barrels (30% new) for malolactic fermentation and 15 months of ageing. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.

The wine shows classic Cabernet flavours of ripe plums, herbs and cassis as well as a hint of smoked meat. The wine opens up with darker undertones of cigar-box and spice before a mélange of layered berry fruits. The palate is full bodied, lifted by a fresh acidity and framed by compact yet prominent tannins.

93pts | Tim Atkin

£26.99

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Stellenbosch

Cabernet Sauvignon

LightFull Bodied

Description

VARIETAL:
90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Shiraz. The Cabernet components hail from three unique vineyard parcels situated in the Steynsrust area of the Helderberg. The blocks are planted on heavily weathered granitic soils and overlook the shores of False Bay.

VINIFICATION:
This Cabernet has been fermented and aged as naturally as possible, without intervention and in search of an authentic reflection of its origin.
The grapes are de-stemmed into open top fermenters, and undergo a cold soaking for 3-5 days. The wine ferments naturally (without the addition of commercial yeast) for a period of 21 days during which it is punched down manually once a day. Thereafter it is gently basket pressed and moved by gravity into barrel. The 2020 was raised for 15 months in French oak barrels including 30% new wood. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in May 2021

TASTING NOTES:
The wine shows classic Cabernet flavours of ripe plums, herbs and cassis as well as a hint of smoked meat. The wine opens up with darker undertones of cigar-box and spice before a mélange of layered berry fruits. The palate is full bodied, lifted by a fresh acidity and framed by compact yet prominent tannins.

AGEING POTENTIAL:
The wine delivers immediate drinking pleasure but will gain in complexity with further cellaring.
Optimum drinking: 2022 – 2030 (18° C).

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol: 14%
T/A: 5.4 g/l
pH: 3.68
R/S: 1.8 g/l
Sulphites: 74mg/l

Additional information

Alcohol vol

14%

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

Stellenbosch

Vintage

2020

Wine Farm

Grilled lamb chops that have been marinated in rosemary and garlic served with a fresh mint sauce.

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