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Cellar Master Series Collection

R2,400.00

Packed with 3 bottles of each the Cellar Master Series wines listed below as well as 2 brand related gifts, this collection will delight those who receive it!

CELLAR MASTER SERIES PENDULUM

The wine has a deep ruby colour, inky depth, and a hint of garnet on the rim, igniting your
senses with its arresting purity of fruit. It comes alive with an amalgamation of favours,
engulfing your palate with red currant, dried cranberry, red plum, plush mulberry and juicy
black plum. A subtle note of cedar and wet slate adds a cool lift to the intensity of fruit, with
aromas of freshly tilled earth and spicy notes of sweet English leather catapulting you back
in time. This old-world charm evokes a sense of romanticism with a subtle perfume of rose
petals and violets without forfeiting its youth and vibrancy like only the new world can offer.
All of these nuances traverse your senses like a pendulum swinging between its old-world
essence and new-world confidences. The balance persists with uncanny fruit purity on the
palate and a refreshing acidity poised on fine-grained tannin, complete with a chalky mouthfeel
and a long persistent finish.

 

CELLAR MASTER SERIES CHARDONNAY

A terroir driven wine, the Cellar Master Series Chardonnay has notes of stone fruit, almonds
and a gentle flintiness with the complexity balanced by a nuanced elegance ending with a
delicate ripeness. A palate that screams purity, is layered with flavours of minerality and
freshly cut ripe peach, finished off with a crisp acidity leaving the palate craving for more.

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Winemaking Techniques

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The Cabernet Franc and Merlot was given a long cold maceration of 4 days after which they
were individually inoculated with a yeast cultivated in Bordeaux. The extraction methods
included 2 punch downs and 2 aerated pump-overs per day until 10˚B. 3 closed pump-overs
per day followed, until all the sugar was fermented out. The wines were then given a 2-week
maceration on the skins before being pressed and MLF allowed to complete in tank and
transferred later in 2019 into big 400 and 500 liter vats where it lay for 30 months.
I did final selection, blending and bottling in February 2022 and a mere 2300 bottles were
bottled. The blend consists of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot.

CELLAR MASTER SERIES CHARDONNAY

The grapes were harvested by hand at 23.4° Balling and picking was done in the early morning
hours to ensure the grapes arrived cool at the cellar and whole bunch pressed immediately.
A long gentle “Champagne” press program was selected where all the juice was pumped
into one tank and settled overnight.1/3 was fermented in Stainless Steel, 1/3 in new untoasted
300-liter French oak and 1/3 in 3rd fill 400-liter French oak barrels. The wine was matured
for 7 months before being blended and bottled.

Vineyards

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Tradouw is in the heart of the Little Karoo and is known for its continental climate with
cold nights and warm days. These conditions are detrimental for colour and fruit development.
The Cabernet Franc and Merlot are grown on clay/loam soils with some decomposed
Bokkeveld Shale. These soils produce wines with a certain amount of depth, elegance,
minerality and freshness. The wines are also recognised to have lower pH’s which prolongs
the longevity.
The age of the Cabernet Franc vineyard in 2019 was 20 years and that of the Merlot, 18
years.

CELLAR MASTER SERIES CHARDONNAY

Tradouw is in the heart of the Little Karoo and is known for its continental climate with
cold nights and warm days. These conditions are detrimental for colour and fruit development.
The 22-year-old block of Chardonnay is grown on decomposed Bokkeveld Shale soil. These
soils produce wines with a certain amount of purity, elegance, flintiness and freshness. The
wines are also recognized to have lower pH’s which prolongs the longevity.

Vintage Conditions

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The total rainfall in 2018 was a mere 90mm, compared to the average of 470mm. Although
this was extremely low, there was enough water to ripen the grapes to its full maturity. Nice
and even budburst was possible because of the consistent cooler airflow transcending from
the nearby Langeberg Mountain range.
The drier ripening season meant the conditions were favourable for an ultra-low disease
risk which meant much less spraying of fungicides and providing conditions of organic farming.
Grapes were picked by hand in the cool of the morning during the 3rd week of March.

CELLAR MASTER SERIES CHARDONNAY

The 2022 growing season will be remembered by how late everything happened. Bud break
was between 2 and 3 weeks later than the norm, which in effect led to the harvest to also
start 2 weeks later. A long ripening season led to producing elegant wines with great phenolic
maturity and complexity. The drier ripening season meant the conditions were favourable
for an ultra-low disease risk which meant much less spraying of fungicides and providing
conditions for organic farming.


Food Pairing

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Roasted pork or duck with cranberry jus
Barbequed thickly cut Karoo lamb loin chops with rosemary
Lamb tomato stew
Feta cheese

Scallops and langoustines
Lightly seasoned white fish with squeezed lemon
Sushi

Appellation: Tradouw
Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Merlot | 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Date: March | Vintage: 2019 | 2022

ALC: 14.42% | 14.02% | RS: 2.7g/l | 3.5g/l | pH: 3.63 | 3.33 | TA: 5.8g/l | 6.6g/l

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