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Koopmanskloof Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011
Technical Analysis
: Stephan Smit
Main Variety : Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol : 14.0 %vol
pH : 3.53
RS : 12.5 g/l
Total Acid : 5.4 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Medium

Tasting Notes
Deep ruby red colour. A combination of sweet ripe berry fruit with well integrated oak aromas, following through on the palate. Medium to full bodied wine, beautifully balanced with good structure, yet soft, subtle finish.
Blend Information
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
In The Vineyard
Soil type: Loamy sand and Hutton
Irrigation: Drip irrigation
Vineyards: Bushvine and trellised against the Bottelary Hills, east-west row direction.

Koopmanskloof Vineyards and its wine making tradition date back to 1777. The name depicts the profession and location of an indigenous community who embraced fair trade with the first European ships to visit the Cape of Good Hope during the 16th century. Koopmans is Dutch for trader and 'Kloof' is a Ravine. Late owner, Stevie Smit, set aside 98 ha of his farm as a fynbos reserve and started the Vineyard Trail - a 24 km walk through vineyards and mountain heath along the ridge of the Bottelary Hills. Adding to the outdoor experience, the 'Berghut' was built in 1983, situated on Koopmanskloof hills, overlooking the beautiful Cape Winelands.
About The Harvest
Fruit harvested at 25° Balling.
Yield: 8t/ha
In The Cellar
Cold soaking period for 48 hours. Fermentation in stainless steel red wine fermenters for approximately 10 days. Aroma and colour extraction via delastage and daily pump overs. Partially aged in 300 litre French and American oak barrel as well as selected premium French and American oak staves for 8 months. Malolactic fermentation completed.

Other Vintages
Koopmanskloof Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011 Stephan Smit Cabernet Sauvignon
Koopmanskloof Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009 Stephan Smit Cabernet Sauvignon

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