2010 Red Falcon Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Middelvlei Estate
The cabernet sauvignon grapes were derived from a four hectare vineyard, planted in 1990 at 3,704 vines per hectare, and at altitude of 160m above sea level. The vines, planted on a west-facing slope are trellised in order to keep the grapes cool and healthy.
The merlot vines were planted in 2001 and cover six hectare. They were grafted on rootstock Richter 99 and are situated at an altitude of 160m above sea level, facing southwest.
In the cellar, the juice of both varietals was fermented on the skins for 5 days in open cement tanks at 26°C. The yeast used for inoculation was WE372. The wine also underwent secondary malolactic fermentation before wood maturation.
Winemaker’s Comments This wooded wine is richly endowed with attractive berry and cherry flavours. It is a palate-friendly wine to enhance all occasions.