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2005 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon - La-Motte

2005 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 was made from grapes originating from vineyards in the Swartland (48%), Stellenbosch (18%), Paarl (15%), Walker Bay (12%) and Wellington (7%) areas. The grapes from each of these areas make a unique contribution to the character of the wine.

For the second consecutive year the areas from which La Motte’s Cabernet Sauvignon originates experienced warmer, drier conditions than the long-term average. However, cold conditions occured during the late winter, followed by a warm spring, causing faster budding. Budding was even. Vine growth was lush, presumably as a result of nitrogen deposits caused by thunder – regular foliage management was necessary. Harvesting started two weeks earlier than normal and the first grapes were harvested on 21 February, at Wellington. Grapes were very healthy and in a good condition and the harvest showed good colour and concentration. The last grapes were harvested on 17 March, at Stellenbosch.

The vineyards all have unique macro climates and grow in a large variety of soil types. 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 terriors, each area produces grapes with specific characteristics, allowing the wines from each area to make a unique contribution in flavour and structure.

This wine consists of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. These two varietals were made separately and blended after maturation. The small amount of Cabernet Franc enchances complexity. De-stalked grapes were cold-soaked for two to three days, followed by inoculation with selected yeasts. Fermentation was at between 23 to 28 degrees Celsius. The wine was pumped over three times a day. After fermentation, extended skin contact of between 20 and 30 days was allowed.

This Wine is a very disinctive Cabernet Sauvignon, with prominent berry, complemented by cedar-wood and toffee flavours. There is also a hint of rosemary spices. The palate is firm in structure, with powdery tannins that lend a pleasantly dry after-taste.

Alcohol 14,74% vol
Residual sugar 3,2 g/l
Total acid 5,8 g/l
pH 3,61

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