12% PETIT VERDOT
4% CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Soil type Clovelly / Decomposed Granite
Trellising Elongated Perold
Age of vines 14-22 years
Pruning Spur – 2 bud
Yield 9 ton/ha
Rootstock Richter 110
Harvested in March.
Catharina is blended from only the best barrels from each vintage. Each cultivar is vinified and aged separately in a traditional red wine making style. On average the grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23-25°B. The juice was fermented on the skins for 15 – 20 days, allowing the temperature in the tank to peak at 30°C. Gentle pump-overs occurred twice per day. After pressing, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (75% new, 20% second fill and 5% third fill) for malolactic fermentation and maturation of 18 months. The constituent parts were then chosen, blended and returned for further maturation for 6 months. Thereafter the wine underwent a light fining before bottling in March.
Will bottle age well for 7 to 10 years after bottling.
Award Pedigree: 2016 vintage: Platter’s Wine Guide:4.5 stars | Tim Atkin South Africa Report: 92 points