Creative Block 5 2017
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Creative Block 5 2017

47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc

Blackberry, cherry and blackcurrant is supported by cedar, dark chocolate and fennel hints. The vibrant palate has great balance and dense tannins. The taste will be enhanced by ageing.

SERVE WITH: Slow-cooked oxtail, a beef casserole, or fire-roasted wild mushroom truffled risotto.

Like Creative Block 3, albeit in a very different style, this uses fruit from Groenekloof and Stellenbosch and is a stylishly integrated cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon with 52% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Scented, poised and elegant, it has fine tannins, subtle 60% new wood and a core of leafy cassis and plum fruit. 2022-29 - Tim Atkin, MW

WINEMAKER: Johan Jordaan

ORIGIN: Coastal regions – specifically Groenekloof (Darling) and Stellenbosch.

TERROIR / SOIL:
Decomposed granite with clay subsoil situated between 7 - 20km from the cold Atlantic Ocean.

VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
For slow ripening and ultimate flavour development, the coolest slope was chosen. Foliage management was done to enhance fertility in the vines and to expose the grapes to more sun, thereby enhancing skin thickness for higher extraction and intensity.

WINEMAKING:
Grapes were hand-harvested, pre-cooled, de-stemmed and individually sorted to remove unwanted berries. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for up to three weeks. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in 300L French oak barrels for 18 months (60% first fill; the balance second fill). Before blending, the wines were crafted individually to address the unique needs of each varietal so that each could reach its highest potential. Selective tasting from the barrels determined the composition of the blend. Expert blending has ensured harmony between the five varietals. The wine has achieved the ultimate balance between fruit, palate volume, oak extract and tannin – all without losing each varietal’s intimate quality and unique sense of place.

ANALYSIS:

Alc:

14.64 % vol

TA:

5.9 g/L

RS:

3.9 g/L

pH:

3.53

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