The Caracal 2017, Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch
Pronounced aroma profile of cooked black plum and blackcurrant with a touch of toffee apple and traces of tobacco and spice offered by the toasting of the oak. An elegant yet full-bodied dry red wine which exhibits flavours of blackberry, mulberry and sour black cherry with the concentration of fruit giving off a savoury, tar like finish. Well-structured and firm tannins.
Neethlingshof Estate has a long and rich tradition of wine making in Stellenbosch, the second oldest and most premier wine producing area of South Africa. The Estate occupies an incredibly privileged site with ideal natural conditions, soils, slopes, altitudes and climate to produce a variety of great wines. All the grapes for the Neethlingshof wines are grown on the estate and all the wine is made, matured and bottled in the cellars of the estate, adhering to strict vegan guidelines during the entire farming and winemaking process.
The grapes were harvested by hand at 24°- 26°Balling during late February till March. After destalking and crushing, the mash was fermented using a selected pure yeast culture in rotation tanks at 25° to 27°C. Fermentation took seven to nine days to complete. After malolactic fermentation the wines were left on the lees and next matured in 300-liter barrels consisting of a
combination of new French oak and second- and third-fill French oak barrels for a period of 12 months. The components were matured separately before careful construction of the final blend.