Oldenburg Vineyards CL° Red 2020

Oldenburg Vineyards CL° Red 2020

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Made from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot, <CL° is the concept range in the Oldenburg Vineyards stable. The concept range is a representation of an important facet of Oldenburg Vineyards: that they are cooler than Stellenbosch (in terms of climate). Both the cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes were harvested February to March 2020 from a north-easterly facing vineyard on Rondekop. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes were stored in a cold-room overnight and then destemmed and sorted by hand, spending five days in a tank to cold soak. The cabernet sauvignon berries were crushed and the merlot berries kept whole. Both grape cultivars underwent pump-overs 1-3 times per day and were gently basket pressed once dry. Finally, the juice was returned to tanks for malolactic fermentation and then transferred to French oak barrels, of which 15% were new barrels, to mature for 16 months. A total of 9,844 bottles were produced. Bottled at 14%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: The wine displays bright aromas of red fruits, including redcurrants, raspberries and red cherries. The merlot contributes a depth of savoury character in the form of tomato leaf, tomato paste and hints of olive tapenade.

Palate: On the palate there is a vibrant showing of plums, chocolate, a hint of vanilla and cedar, alongside dried leaves, fennel and violets. A surprisingly weighty mid-palate with chalky tannins.

Finish: A juicy red fruit finish concludes this delightful 2020 blend.


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Oldenburg Vineyards <CL° Red 2020