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2004 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 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 Swartland, Franschhoek, Wellington and Paarl regions. The grapes from each of these areas make a unique contribution to the flavour components.

Winter was late and very cold, while large amounts of snow were received in and around Franschhoek. Budding was even and, with good soil humidity thanks to the late winter, growing conditions during spring were favourable. Summer was relatively cool and dry, which caused grapes to be harvested two weeks later than usual. Only one heat wave, on 4 January, was an abnormal condition during an otherwise perfect season.Disease-causing conditions were largely absent and grapes were very healthy.

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

The wine consists of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. The wine from each varietal was made separately and blended after maturation. The small amount of Merlot contributes towards a fuller mid-palate and enhances complexity.

The nose shows red fruit such as red berries and cherries integrated with cedar-wood, toffee and cinnamon flavours. The palate has a firm structure with prominent tannins typical of this varietal. The after-taste shows prominent mixed spices such as cloves, origanum and nuts.

Alcohol 14,65% vol
Residual sugar 2,1 g/l
Total acid 5,5 g/l
pH 3,69