GREAT EXPECTATIONS TRIANGLE 2014
Goedverwacht Estate is a family owned estate, beautifully situated in the Robertson Valley on the banks of the Breede River. The farm has been owned by the Du Toit family for three generations dating back to 1950.
At present the farm constitutes 180 ha under vineyards and spans a diverse range of terroirs, soil types and micro climates. This enables us to produce wines of distinctive character with an inherent fruit purity and elegance.
The Robertson / Bonnievale district has a dry Karoo climate but at night the air cools down considerably. The soil varies from deep alluvial next to the Breede River to heavy Karoo clay and limey gravel on the slopes, enabling Goedverwacht to produce a wide variety of cultivars suitable to the different soil types.
52% Cabernet Franc 43% Petit Verdot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
These vineyards are planted on rocky, weathered shale soil with high lime content on a south sloping terroir.
Moderate temperatures during ripening, ensured even ripening. Cool night temperatures was favourable for good colour development in the skins.
Hand harvested into 2 ton bins, after we did grape selection in the vineyard. Production of 6000 litres per hectare.
Grapes were harvested at 24-26 degrees balling. Cold soaking for 24 hours at 15 degrees Celsius. Fermentation took place at 26 degrees Celsius for 4 days. It was left in fermentation tank for 5-7 days and then racked into stainless steel tanks where it went through malolactic fermentation. This process was completed after 4-6 weeks. All the components were aged in for 14 months 2nd and 3rd fill French oak 300 litre barrels. After maturation the cultivars were blended and bottled after a light filtration.
Alcohol 14 vol % Sugar 3,1g/l pH 3,5 Acidity 5,6 g/l V/A 0,52
This Great Expectations Triangle is deep, crimson red with purplish hue colour. The cigar box and blackberry flavour are very prominent on the nose. The subtle oak adds complexity and structure to this wine.
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