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Sebeka Pinotage Blend Cabernet Pinotage 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes used to create the 2006 Sebeka South Africa Cabernet-Pinotage were grown in a number of South Africa’s finest vineyard districts located across the Western Cape. The cooler districts benefit from the fog created by the cold ocean currents coming north from Antarctica, as well as the vigorous “Cape Doctor” cross winds coming from the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The warmer districts take advantage of the bright South Africa sunshine and produce grapes with deep, rich colors and ripe fruit flavors. By marrying grapes from such diverse areas, Andries was able to produce a finished wine of great character and complexity. The Cabernet and Pinotage grapes were carefully hand harvested and gently de-stemmed. They were then crushed, pressed and fermented separately in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bold fruit flavors of the wines. The juice was allowed ten days of fermentation at 22-25°C, and afterwards spent five days macerating on the skins to intensify color and flavor. Each of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation. Andries tasted the final wines and blended 64% Cabernet Sauvignon with 36% Pinotage to create this rich, intense wine.

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Sebeka:
South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sweeping landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and bustling cities, today South Africa is a crossroads where unique indigenous cultures and modern lifestyles meet. Sebeka® wines are a prime example of how “Old World” traditions blend with “New World” styles to create a distinct taste experience for the ad... Read more
South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sweeping landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and bustling cities, today South Africa is a crossroads where unique indigenous cultures and modern lifestyles meet. Sebeka® wines are a prime example of how “Old World” traditions blend with “New World” styles to create a distinct taste experience for the adventurous wine aficionado. With a 350-year winemaking history, South Africa is quickly emerging as one of the premier winegrowing regions worldwide. We invite you to pursue the real story, exploring the preconceptions and misconceptions that often swirl around a glass of South African wine. We invite you to experience South Africa, and its vibrant and turbulent viticultural history. “Since 1652…” The wine industry in South Africa, like its citizenry, has suffered economic, political, and developmental turmoil over the past 100 years. These political forces have been extremely influential in the development of vineyards as well as in the creation and exportation of wine. In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company, established a food supply station for their fleet of merchant ships at the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. This powerful trade company was aware that 40% of a ship’s crew could possibly suffer from scurvy during an extended ocean voyage; therefore, they mandated a daily supply of wine for its sailors to prevent this incapacitating disease. Wine in South Africa flourished around the time of the European settlement; the first European vine went into the ground in 1655 at the southern tip of Africa, which led to the production of the first wine in 1659. Read less

Member Reviews for Sebeka Pinotage Blend Cabernet Pinotage

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Snooth User: David Bachman
1215818
3.00 5
01/27/2009

Big, fruity, easy to drink. At $7, a good value.


Snooth User: ChrisIsomaki
8439335
3.00 5
02/17/2009

Three glasses



Tasting Notes:

Our 2006 Sebeka South Africa Cabernet-Pinotage is a fruit driven wine that features the blackberry, currant and herbal notes typical of Cabernet along with red fruit, acidity and smoky earth notes typical of Pinotage, South Africa’s signature varietal. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within two years of release, but should be able to age in the bottle for up to five years.

The grapes used to create the 2006 Sebeka South Africa Cabernet-Pinotage were grown in a number of South Africa’s finest vineyard districts located across the Western Cape. The cooler districts benefit from the fog created by the cold ocean currents coming north from Antarctica, as well as the vigorous “Cape Doctor” cross winds coming from the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The warmer districts take advantage of the bright South Africa sunshine and produce grapes with deep, rich colors and ripe fruit flavors. By marrying grapes from such diverse areas, Andries was able to produce a finished wine of great character and complexity. The Cabernet and Pinotage grapes were carefully hand harvested and gently de-stemmed. They were then crushed, pressed and fermented separately in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bold fruit flavors of the wines. The juice was allowed ten days of fermentation at 22-25°C, and afterwards spent five days macerating on the skins to intensify color and flavor. Each of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation. Andries tasted the final wines and blended 64% Cabernet Sauvignon with 36% Pinotage to create this rich, intense wine.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.81
Sugar: 0.53 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.6 grams per liter

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