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Catharina

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R 295

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750 ml (Standard)

2016


Cultivar:

80% Merlot, 16% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

92 Points - Tim Atkin 4.5 Stars - Platter's

Specifications:

14.50% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.3
Type: Red Blend, Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 5 to 10 yrs
Origin: Constantia Appellation: Constantia

Tasting Notes:

The 2016 Catharina showcases an intense ruby red colour in the glass with notes of cedar wood, blackcurrant and smoked meat upon first swirl. Ethereal aromas of bramble, black cherry, black tea, dried violet, fynbos, and star anise come to the forefront. Merlot adds ripe, wild strawberry to the palate while the Syrah provides a subtle spiciness on the back palate and contributes to the savoury, lingering finish. The Petit Verdot adds body and finely structured powdery tannins to the palate. The nervy acidity and minerality keeps the fruit bright and fresh with a cellaring potential of five to ten years.

Star Anise
Star Anise

Blackcurrant
Blackcurrant

Black Tea
Black Tea

Cedar Wood
Cedar Wood

The philosophy is that the "wines are grown in the vineyard and then cared for in the winery". Special attention was therefore placed in obtaining the very best and latest known clones and matched to the correct soils and slopes. Environmentally considerate farming practices are employed as far as possible, with the help of non-toxic, natural formulas of pest control, and the employment of natural predators for help in keeping the grapes as healthy as possible.

On average the grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23-25°B.

The juice was fermented on the skins for 15 – 20 days, allowing the temperature in the tank to peak at 30°C. Gentle pump-overs occurred twice per day. After pressing, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (72% new, 10% second fill, 10% third fill and 8% fourth fill) for malolactic fermentation.

Catharina is a barrel selection of the best barrels from each vintage deemed good enough to produce our flagship red. Each cultivar is vinified and aged separately in a traditional red wine making style. Maturation takes place over 19 months.

Food pairing

Pair this red blend with lamb chops, beef stew or simply a cheese and charcuterie platter for two.

Beef Lamb Venison Charcuterie
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