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Bartinney Skyfall Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2018 Vintage


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About the Wine

The flagship, small-batch release, heroes the depth and maturity of the high-altitude vines, they are crafted from the estates best hand-selected blocks.

As the name Skyfall alludes, the 20-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines drift down from the Banhoek skyline. The exquisite individual pockets reach up to 500m above sea level. Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 70% of the vines planted on the estate. It has taken years of care, to coax the absolute best ‘personality’ from the diverse parcels of vines.

Tasting Notes

The deep red colour shows that this wine has developed well over time. The winemaking and viticultural practices were geared towards retaining varietal typicity which is expressed in the form of blackcurrant, aniseed, ripe plums and mint. Maturation in 70% new oak barrels resulted in dark chocolate notes underpinned by hints of cigar box. The tannins on this full-bodied, opulent wine has smoothed out during bottle maturation. The wine retains black fruit notes and aniseed on the palate.

Harvest & Winemaking Information

Each of the 8 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon are individually pruned and cared for to encourage character development, then separately harvested and vinified. Only the very best rows and blocks were selected, for a small-batch of the premium Cabernet – ‘the fingerprint of the harvest’. Fermentation lasts up to 14 days and then a further maceration period commences before the must is pressed and moved to oak. 70% new French Oak and 30% second fill French oak was used to mature this Cabernet Sauvignon for 18 months.

Alcohol 14.7
TA 5,3
R/S 3.3
pH 3.7
Soil Oakleaf and Tukulu
Aspect North to North East, South West and East
Elevations 150 – 300m above sea level
Total Hectare 12 ha
Average age of vines Mature Vineyards
Rootstock Richter 99 and 101

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