Land of Hope Reserve Cabernet-Sauvignon 2014

Land of Hope Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 13.65% by volume
PH: 3.6
Residual sugar: 3.2 g/l
Total acidity: 6.3 g/l

Top Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with South Africa’s traditionally most  recognised wine region, Stellenbosch. This wine is from a single vineyard, rooted  in magnificent decomposed granite & clay soils on the Helderberg Mountain in  Stellenbosch. These ocean-facing vines produce some of the most complex fruit  and individual flavours of the land, combining the geological and climatic  uniqueness of this site.

An usually high level of rainfall during season coincided with an outstanding harvest with regard to crop size and quality in 2014. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest commenced one to two weeks later than normal, due to colder winter and cooler spring but culminating in a wonderful Indian summer and one of the finest Cabernet vintages in decades.

As usual all grapes were hand picked and placed into lug boxes for manual sorting which meant that only the most perfectly ripe bunches were crushed  into small wooden open-top fermenters. These 600L lots all fermented spontaneously and individually, each developing its own flavours and aromas, resulting in far greater complexity than could be achieved by fermenting a single  volume. The wine was left to mature on lees over the course of 16 months in small French oak barrels, predominantly older oak. Minimal intervention throughout meant that the wine was able to  develop its own personality, rather than a contrived commercial character.

This Cabernet Sauvignon has depth and fullness with a plush and  rounded structure and at the same has the restraint to remain elegantly poised. This is a natural interpretation of our site, on our spot of land, where we live and raise our children -and our fruit!

 

Land of Hope Reserve Cabernet-Sauvignon 2013

Land of Hope Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 13.85% by volume
PH: 3.59
Residual sugar: 1.46 g/l
Total acidity: 6.55 g/l

Top Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with South Africa’s traditionally most recognised wine region, Stellenbosch. This wine is from a single vineyard, rooted in magnificent decomposed granite & clay soils on the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. These ocean-facing vines produce some of the most complex fruit and individual flavours of the land, combining the geological and climatic uniqueness of this site.

Plentiful rains had fallen during the cold winter months that preceded the 2013 vintage and although the Spring came late, it meant budding was even and steady. Strong winds over the months of September and October kept disease pressure away naturally, while also doing its bit to reduce the crop. Cool temperatures during the ripening period meant a long, leisurely ripening of the grapes and because of this great freshness and elegant flavours. Hand picking into lugboxes and manual sorting meant that only the most perfectly ripe bunches were crushed into small wooden open-top fermenters. These 600L lots all fermented spontaneously and individually, each developing its own flavors and aromas, resulting in far greater complexity than could be achieved by fermenting a single volume. One or two punch downs of the cap per day was enough to unlock the rich character of the grapes while being gentle enough for the texture of the tannins to remain fine and rounded. The wine was left to mature on lees over the course of 16 months in small French oak barrels. Of these, new barrels represented only about 30%. Minimal intervention throughout meant that the wine was able to develop its own personality, rather than a contrived commercial character. Dark, concentrated berry fruit abound on the nose as well as interesting earthy notes. This Cabernet Sauvignon has depth and fullness in the shape of a plush and rounded structure and at the same has the restraint to remain elegantly poised. This is not a technically-minded wine, but a natural interpretation of our site, on our spot of land, where we live and raise our children -and our fruit!

 

Land of Hope Reserve Cabernet-Sauvignon 2011

Land of Hope Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 14.35% by volume
PH: 3.68
Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l
Total acidity: 4.5 g/l

Top Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with South Africa’s traditionally most recognised wine region, Stellenbosch.  This wine is from a single vineyard, rooted in magnificent decomposed granite & clay soils on the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. These ocean-facing vines produce some of the most complex fruit and individual flavours of the land, combining the geological and climatic uniqueness of this site.

A cold, but dry, winter meant that budding and flowering was pretty even and so canopies developed nicely up to the ripening season.  Because the winter rains  had not been as plentiful as other years, soil moisture was limited and this resulted in a small but concentrated crop. The bunches had developed and ripened with some degree of sunlight exposure, and as such very little sunburn was encountered while berry skins contained wonderfully fine, supple tannins.  Hand picking into lug-boxes and manual sorting meant that only the most perfectly ripe bunches were crushed into small wooden open-top fermenters. These 600L lots all fermented spontaneously and individually, each developing its own flavors and aromas,  resulting in far greater complexity than could be achieved by fermenting a single volume, or with inoculated yeasts.  One or two punch downs of the cap per day was enough to unlock the rich character of the grapes while being gentle enough for the texture of the tannins to remain fine and rounded. The wine was left to mature on lees over the course of 16 months in small French oak barrels. Of these, new barrels represented only about 30%. Minimal intervention throughout meant that the wine was able to develop its own personality, rather than a contrived commercial character. Dark, concentrated berry fruit abound on the nose as well as interesting earthy notes. This Cabernet-Sauvignon has depth and fullness in the shape of a plush and rounded structure and at the same has the restraint to remain elegantly poised. This is not a technically-minded wine, but a natural interpretation of our site, on our spot of land, where we live and raise our children -and our fruit!

Land of Hope Reserve Cabernet-Sauvignon 2010

Land of Hope Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 13.21% by volume
PH: 3.78
Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l
Total acidity: 5.1 g/l
Production: 367 cases (12 x 750ml)

Top Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with South Africa’s traditionally most recognised wine region, Stellenbosch.  This wine is from a single vineyard, rooted in magnificent decomposed granite & clay soils on the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. These Southerly, ocean-facing vines produce some of the most complex fruit and individual flavours of the land, combining the geological and climatic uniqueness of this site.

Unseasonably cool, windy weather during flowering and some gale force South Eaters in the summer had quite an impact on the size of the crop in 2010. What it lacked in quantity though, was more than made up for in the quality and maturity of the grapes. Smaller berries and bunches meant greater depth and more concentrated flavors while cool evenings resulted in a higher degree of natural acidity and a lower pH, ensuring freshness. Hand picking into lugboxes and manual sorting meant that only the finest bunches were crushed into small oak open-top fermenters. These 600L lots all fermented spontaneously and individually, each developing its own flavors and aromas, resulting in far greater complexity than could be achieved by fermenting a single volume.  One or two punch downs of the cap per day was enough to unlock the rich character of the grapes while being gentle enough for the texture of the tannins to remain fine and rounded. The wine was left to mature on lees over the course of 16 months in small French oak barrels. Of these, new barrels represented only about 25%. Minimal intervention throughout meant that the wine was able to develop its own personality, rather than a contrived commercial character.  This Cabernet Sauvignon has depth and fullness in the shape of a plush and rounded structure and at the same has the restraint to remain elegantly poised. This is not a technically-minded wine, but a natural interpretation of our site, on our spot of land, where we live and raise our children -and our fruit!

Land of Hope Reserve Cabernet-Sauvignon 2009

Land of Hope Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin: Helderberg - Stellenbosch
Alcohol: 14.04% by volume
PH: 3.69
Residual sugar: 2.3 g/l
Total acidity: 5.6 g/l

Top Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with South Africa’s traditionally most recognised wine region, Stellenbosch. This wine is from a single vineyard, rooted in magnificent decomposed granite & clay soils on the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. These ocean-facing vines produce some of the most complex fruit and individual flavours of the land, combining the geological and climatic uniqueness of this site.

International Wine & Spirit Competition - Silver 2011

2009 in Stellenbosch was a really wonderful vintage -as the entire viticultural planet experienced, it seems. From an excellent flowering to the cooler than usual summer evenings and the resultant extended ripening season. There was plenty of rainfall during the season too, which allowed the grapes to grow and ripen in almost ideal conditions. We are in any case never short of sun, but when we have cool evenings and retain acidity in the grapes better balance is ensured than in the very hot vintages. Bunch and grape sizes were relatively small and free of rot and the grapes tasted wonderfully. Yields came in at +/- 35 HL / ha. All grapes are hand picked into small lug-bins then hand sorted, before being destemmed and placed in open-top 600L oak vats, each becoming its own micro-fermentation with natural wild yeast and minimal intervention. Cap punching is carried out once or twice a day, mindful not to over-extract but to retain balance and to ensure that the wine develops its own natural (as opposed to formulaically-driven) character. This is followed by 16 months maturation, on the lees for most of that, in small French oak barrels, free run juice and pressings matured apart. The barrels are a combination of 4th fill through to new, the latter accounting for about 25% of the ultimate blend. Eventually all the barrels that make the cut are brought together and settled for a couple of months in tank before bottling, without filtration. This is not a technically-minded wine, but a natural interpretation of our site, on our spot of land, where we live and raise our children -and our fruit!