The Grape King- Cabernet Sauvignon

With so many different grape varieties and one’s own subjectivity, is it possible to say which one is best? An American winelover’s survey found that Cabernet Sauvignon is deemed to be the king of grape varieties.

The reason for this accolade can be found in the ability of this variety to be cultivated in many world wine regions, producing wines of similar class, elegance and quality as in Bordeaux.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most popular red wine grape varieties. It is the product of a crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc during the 17th century in France.

This truly global variety has a rich wine tradition within the South African wine industry. The Alto Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of how the class and elegance of this wine variety is also produced outside of Bordeaux.

The wine is made from the grapes of unirrigated, north-facing vines in the Stellenbosch Winelands that are between 8 and 19 years’ old at the time of harvesting.

These vines grow in decomposed granite soils and a clay subsoil at altitudes of 135 metres and 475 metres above sea level, with those at the higher levels cooled by False Bay breezes. They are trellised on a five-wire hedge system and yield four to five tons the hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand at the end of March at 24-25° Balling and after destalking and crushing, the mash is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25-27°C. The juice is then separated from the skins after 10 days and then racked into first-, second- and third-fill French oak barrels and matured for 18 months.


Explore posts in the same categories: Alto, Red Wine

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: