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2002 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon - La-Motte

2002 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon

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An elegant, typically South African style Cabernet Sauvignon, made to reflect varietal characteristics. The dark red colour and big extract reveal a great year for reds. Intense varietal nose with blackcurrant, violets, mint and slight plum. Heavy body, but rounded tannins and fleshy consistency.

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This wine originates from vineyards in the Franschhoek, Swartland and Elim regions. The grapes of each of these areas make a unique contribution to the flavour components.

It was a relatively wet, cool summer. Rain was received until 15 January, followed by a period of high temperatures. Because of the varying climatic conditions of the areas, the grapes in each individual block ripened at a different time.Harvesting of the Swartland grapes started on 12 February 2002, while the last Franschhoek grapes were picked on 19 March 2002.

Each vineyard has a unique macro climate and grows in a wide variety of soils. All the vineyards are trellised according to the Perold system and are managed to be perfectly balanced in leaf cover and yield.Thanks to the different terroirs, each area produces grapes with distinctive characteristics, allowing the wine from each area to make a unique contribution in flavour and structure.

Grapes for this wine consist of 94%Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. The de-stalked grapes were cold soaked for two to three days.Approximately a quarter of the grapes was allowed spontaneous fermentation.The rest was inoculated with selected yeasts. Fermentation was at between 23 to 25 degrees Celsius. The wine was pumped over three times a day. After fermentation the wine was left on the skins for up to 20 days.

Shows intense blackberry flavours, withclove and cinnamon spices on the nose.It is full-bodied on the palate, with plumand leathery aromas. The finish lingers,with pleasantly juicy tannins.

Alcohol 14,39% vol
Residual sugar 1,8 g/l
Total acid 5,5 g/l
pH 3,85

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