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Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2015


Product Notes

Tasting Notes
Individually crafted from unique vineyard parcels, Dolomite wines express great purity of fruit and balanced elegance. Displays succulent red fruits coupled with a beautifully smoky, mineral quality. Supple, extremely moreish and a great example of this much under-rated variety.

Ageing Potential
3 - 5 years (2018 - 2020) or longer with proper storage.

Blend Information
95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec

Food Suggestions
Pork Loin with plum and Armagnac sauce. Game bird with red wine sauce. Any Springbok, Ostrich or Kudu. Beef Fillet.

In The Vineyard
Soil Type: 100% Decomposed Dolomite Granite
Age of vines: 19 - 26 years
Trellised and Bush Vines
No irrigation.

The fruit comes from Stellenbosch and Paarl and grown only on decomposed dolomite granite, which gives a great acidity and freshness to the wine and adds minerality to the finish.
About The Harvest
Picking Date: Individual vineyard blocks each hand-picked at perfect ripeness the last week in February till the first week in March.

Grape Sugar: 24° - 25° Balling
Acidity: 6.0 g/l
pH at Harvest: 3.45
In The Cellar
Grapes were hand sorted three times, crushed and left to cold soak on the skins for five days. After fermentation the grapes are basket pressed and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 12 to 14 months before bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.

Fermentation Temperature: 28°C

Wood Ageing
12 to 14 months in French Vicard and Mercury oak barrels (50% third fill and 50% fourth fill).

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