Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) Merlot (12%) aged in oak for 34 months.
We are on the 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) Merlot (12%)
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested end February to mid-March from Sunset
Vineyard (greater Simonsberg). This trellised vineyard was planted in 2002 and does not receive
any irrigation i.e. a dry land vineyard. Low yield (6 tons per hectare) provided good concentration
and balance with sugar levels of between 24ºB and 25ºB. The Merlot grapes came from two
vineyards – one bush vine and one trellised – both in the Simonsberg appellation.
Grapes were harvested by hand into baskets (± 18 kg each) then destemmed, sorted manually,
crushed (± 50% whole berries) and pumped to open fermenters; manual punchdowns (pigeage)
4 to 6 times per day for the duration of fermentation; average of 10 days on the skins, then
drawn off and pressed using wooden basket presses; free-run and press wines blended and
racked into 225 litre barrels; malolactic fermentation in tanks and barrels; barrel to barrel and
barrel to tank rackings to clarify and blend the wine.
This wine was clarified according to the natural settling and racking method, which does not involve
the use of any unnatural fining agents, centrifuges or filters. This method of clarifying wine prevents
it from being stripped of flavours.
Matured in French oak barrels for 34 months.
A selection of 6 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
blend were racked and blended into a stainless steel bottling tank; from there the wine flowed by
gravity via a cartridge filter into the filler. Only 2,692 bottles produced and labelled under the
Grangehurst Black and Gold “reserve” label.
Alcohol: 13.82% by volume (13.5% on the label)
Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/l
Total Acidity: 5.9 g/l
Tasting notes (July 2018): Medium-dark plum colour; slightly sweet red berries, cassis, violets
with mocha, cedar complexity from barrel maturation. A medium-bodied, elegant wine with the
balance and structure to last up to 15 years. Recommended drinking 2018 to 2023 (if correctly
|Winery status||Tiny family winery|
|Annual production||1269 bottles|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) Merlot (12%)|
|Sulphite level||Very Low|