AGAMA

2011 - Six grape growers within the Elgin ward have joined forces to establish Elgin Vintners. The members are fortunate in that they are able to access outstanding quality grapes from within their ranks - each contributing something unique to the final product.

The 2011 Elgin Vintners Agama is our seventh release of this flagship blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (61%) – Merlot (31%) and Malbec (8%).

VITICULTURE:

The Elgin Valley has been identified as one of South Africa’s premium wine growing areas. The high altitude, proximity to the sea and cool summers translate into wines that are fruit driven yet complimented by harmonious fruit and wood tannins and display both balance and elegance. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from Eikenhof Farm, the Merlot from Blaukrans and Eikenhof Farms and the Malbec from Wallovale Vineyards. Eikenhof is proudly a BWI Champion farm.

HARVEST DATES:

Malbec – 15th March 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon – 28th March 2011
Merlot (Blaukrans) – 22nd March 2011
Merlot (Eikenhof) – 14th March 2011

WINEMAKER:

These grapes were vinified by Martin Meinert in his Devon Crest Winery, Stellenbosch.

WINEMAKING NOTES:

The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were harvested and vinified separately but followed similar vinification regimes; namely, a 4 day cold soak, 8 – 10 days in open fermenters and a further 7 days on the skins prior to pressing. Racked to barrel and MLF induced. Yeast strain WE372. The wine spent 24 months in 225 lit French oak barriques and once blended harmonized in tank for a further 12 months before it received an egg white fining and bottling on 12th June 2014.

BOTTLING DATE:

12th June 2014

ANALYSIS:

Alcohol – 13.23 % (13.0% on label)
Total acid – 5.1 g/ℓ
Residual sugar – 2.7 g/ℓ
pH – 3.56

TASTING NOTES:

Agama, named for the lizard, prevalent in the indigenous fynbos vegetation adjacent to the Eikenhof vineyards, is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Merlot and 8% Malbec.

Attractive bright garnet in colour.  The nose leads with blueberries, black currants and tart red plums. A poised entry of inky blueberries and a cool mouthfeel supported by some spice, cedar and black pepper on the back palate lend this wine grace and elegance.  All in all a classic blend, well supported in every facet.  This 2011 Elgin Vintners Agama displays the very best characteristics of each of the contributing varieties and will have Bordeaux lovers reaching to refill their glass

PACKAGING:

Claret Bottle number 438
Cork closure
Barcode 6009 8144 3007-6 (per bottle)
Barcode 16009 8144 3010-3 (per 6 bottle case)
3819 lit / 848 cases (6 x 750ml) produced.

WINE OF ORIGIN, ELGIN, SOuth Africa
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