Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Magnum

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Nickname : The Godfather II

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Kevin Swart (Black) released his first vintage in September of 2013 and decided to call it Amazing Grace, Dan’s favourite song.

The making of this wine has always been an emotional experience for Kevin and Gary, Kevin’s brother who comes and helps with harvest every year. Their younger brother, Darryl, was in a local band called Tree63 and they recorded a live version of Amazing Grace at one of the concerts. Kevin and Gary play the song during the making of the wine as a reminder and tribute to their Dad.

The result of this created the idea of a Music and Wine pairing, the cornerstone philosophy behind the Black Elephant Brand.

Under the guidance of Jacques and despite Kevin and Gary’s “best efforts” turns out a highly acclaimed vintage every year. the philosophy is very simple : get out of the way, these vines know exactly what they are doing!

This wine is a tribute to Kevin’s late father Daniel Swart, who passed away on 26 March 2013 as well as his Father-in-law John Fleming and uncle John Simpson, both who paid significant roles in his and his wife’s life.

May this bring you fond memories of the the people in your life who you wish to pay tribute to. Cheers.

Best paired with Amazing Grace (live) by Tree63

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

 

Wine:                           The Daniel Collection Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Wine of Origin:             100% Franschhoek Valley

Bottling date:                03 September 2016

Production:                   2250 x 750ml

Technical Analysis:

Alcohol             Extract              Ph        TA        VA        FSO2    TSO2    RS

13.89%vol.        30.7g/l             3.861    6.3g/l   0.88g/l 8mg/l   53mg/l 2.6g/l

Harvest date: First weeks of March 2016

Source of Grapes:

The fruit for our 2014 is from the farm. They come from 2 blocks planted in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Irrigation is used sparingly and cover crop grown to help replenish the soils between harvest.

Harvest dates: First to the Second week of February 2016

Winemaking:

We try to keep out of the grape’s way so that they can produce the best wine possible from this particular site. The terrior is granite soil on a south-facing slope. Canopy management ensures sufficient sunlight to let the grapes ripen over an optimal period with sugars in the region of a Brix of 25. Fermentation is done on open 500kg containers with manual punch downs, allowing each batch to ferment at its own pace and get individual attention.

Maturation:

Generally, about 24 months in 50% new French oak barrels and 50% in second-fill French barrels.

Tasting note:

A more traditional style on the nose with a strong showing of black current upfront. The entry is characterised by rounded grippy tannins followed by a smoother calm exit towards the back accompanied by a smokiness from the barrels on the finish

 

ENJOY!

I once was lost
But now I’m found

– Amazing Grace Lyrics