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Nymphomane 2017

R155.00 R140.00


Cabernet Sauvignon ▪ Merlot ▪ Malbec ▪ Cabernet Franc

This exciting new blend explores the marriage of Bordeaux varieties from vines situated in the Hemel en Aarde Ridge and Elgin. This wine shows the balanced and structured contribution of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with the fruity flesh from the Merlot and spice and colour from the robust Malbec.

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon 49%
Merlot 35%
Malbec 11%
Cabernet Franc 5%

Category:

The Vineyard

Name

In Greek mythology nymphs are nature spirits that appear as beautiful
young women, and personify the creative activities of nature such as being
associated with a live-giving spring or water source. Today nymphs refer to
maidens or young women who are ready for marriage. This wine leans towards an
elegant cool-climate feminine style.

Origin Walker Bay
Soil Type All varieties planted to Arenaceous shale of the Bokkeveld series
Aspect North and North West
Trellising System Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines Average of 11 years
Vines per hectare 5500
Average Yield 4 – 5 tons/ha (26 – 33 hl/ha)
Production 3260 cases of 6 x 750ml bottles

Climate

The varieties are grown in the Hemel – en Aarde Ridge and Valley, in close
proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is “temperate” in style, where the
southerly maritime winds blow through the appellations during the summer. These
winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the vineyards and
with it more even temperatures. The average summer temperature is 19° C and
rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.

Technical details

All grapes varieties were harvested separately by hand enjoying cool early morning
temperatures. After overnight cold storage they were de-stemmed and crushed
into red ferment tanks. Cold maceration occurred for 3 days. The wine was then
fermented under controlled temperatures until dry. The skins were then lightly
pressed and the wine racked into a selection of French Oak Barriques (25% new
barrels) for 16 months ageing and maturation. Final blending occurred 1 months
prior to bottling and the wine was allowed to develop further in bottle prior to
release.

Analysis

 

Alcohol by Volume 14.83%
Total Acidity 5.6 g/L
pH 3.54
Volatile Acid 0.68 g/L
Residual Sugar 2.2 g/L

Styling

This wine expresses the typical Cabernet Sauvignon profile of blueberry and
mulberry, while the Cabernet Franc shows floral and subtle dried herb characters.
The Merlot and Malbec bring the vibrant red berry and juiciness to the palate.
The fine grained tannins and an elegant mineral core will see this wine drinking well
on release and developing for at least 5 -7 years. Enjoy this wine with red meat,
venison and cheese platters.