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Franschhoek Cellar
The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal split – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


The Franschhoek Cellar ‘The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon’ is named after one of Franschhoek’s historical landmarks, the churchyard. Franschhoek’s Original cemetery details the final resting place of the original Huguenot families and was still used until the turn of the 20th century. The ghosts and legends of people past endure in the engraved tombstones. Our Cabernet Sauvignon symbolises longevity and evolution with a stealth and structure to preserve Franschhoek’s secrets well into cellar maturation.

 

Tasting Notes

Our Franschhoek Cellar The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon is deep crimson with intense blackcurrants and violets on the nose providing a suitable introduction to concentrated currants and mulberry fruit flavours. The flavours of the Cabernet Sauvignon are elaborated by attractive savoury oak spice to a smooth and lingering juicy fruit finish.

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Viticultural Practices

Vine age: Between 5 and 25 years of age.
Climate: Cool growing season influenced by the valley breezes and altitude allows or a long slow ripening of the grapes giving the wine its juicy yet supple structure.
Soils: These vary from rich gravely Hutton soil types on the slopes, to lighter sandy loam on the valley floor. Varietals are planted accordingly and so allows for the optimum vine growth balance and quality.
Trellis: Combination of bush vines and trellised.
Harvest: Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested ripe at Franschhoek Vineyards (25 Brix), to give the wine its rich and ripe texture.
Yield: Between 4 and 12 tons per hectare.

 

Winemaking

Cold Maceration takes place for 24 hours allowing maximum colour extraction. The juice is then inoculated with specially selected wine yeast and allowed to ferment at a carefully monitored optimum temperature. Pumpovers are combined with Punchdowns and are done 3 times per day. Maturation is done on French Oak for 8 to 12 months, after which the wine is carefully blended.

 

Service and Cellaring

Best served between 14- 16°C with or without food. This Cabernet Sauvignon is optimally intended for enjoyment in the vibrant freshness of youth, yet may be cellared for up to 5 years from vintage.

 

The Churchyard Historical Landmark Bicycle Route



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Franschhoek’s original cemetery details the final resting place of the original Huguenot families and was still used until the turn of the 20th century.

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Winemaker Richard Duckitt
Alcohol 13.5% Vol
pH 3.3
Residual Sugar 4.3 g/l
Total Acid 6.36 g/l
Origin Coastal
Type Red Wine
Vintages ’07 ’08

Food Pairing

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Our The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows great presence and poise when paired with rich stews and casseroles, North African tangines, roast beef, mature cheese or your favourite sizzling steak.

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