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SEBEKA 2007 CABERNET PINOTAGE

Winemaker Andries Blake believes that it is important to honor South Africa’s 350-year winemaking heritage while appealing to today’s wine tastes. Sebeka wines offer complex flavors yet remain uniquely approachable for American wine consumers. By balancing exotic aromas and intense fruit flavors, Andries believes that his Sebeka wines showcase the natural beauty of the South Africa landscape.

Production / Vinification Methods
The grapes used to create the 2007 Sebeka 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 grapes were picked at optimum ripeness, then destemmed & crushed into stainless steel for 3 day fermentation on skins @ 28º C, then pressed & inoculated with MLF bacteria. Clarified after 100 % completion of MLF. The final blend is made up of carefully selected tanks.

Analysis
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon / Pinotage
Alcohol 13.8 %

Sugar 6 g/l
Total Acid 6 g/l
pH 3.6

Tasting Notes
Nose
Our 2007 Sebeka 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. Bright, ripe berries and subtle oak flavours of chocolate and mocha promise what is delivered on the palate.

Taste:

Well structured and beautifully balanced. Attractive notes of fresh red berries are backed by longer lingering dark fruit, all supported by good tannins and the velvety finish of toasted oak.

General Notes
Drink now or cellar for another 2 – 3 years
Perfect companion for rich foods, including fire-grilled meats and vegetables, or your favorite pasta.

South African Table Wine, ©2007 Sebeka Wines, Healdsburg, CA. All rights reserved.

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SEBEKA
2007 SAUVIGNON BLANC
WESTERN CAPE

Andries Blake believes that it is important to honor South Africa’s 350-year winemaking heritage while appealing to today’s wine tastes. Sebeka wines offer complex flavors yet remain uniquely approachable for American wine consumers. By balancing the exotic aromas and intense fruit flavors of Sebeka wines, Andries strives to evoke the natural beauty of the South African landscape.

The Vintage

The grapes used to create the 2007 Sebeka South African Sauvignon Blanc were grown in a number of South Africa’s finest vineyar districts located across the Western Cape, predominantly Breedekloof. 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 Indian ocean. Soils are typically sandstone and sandy alluvium.

The cold winter and generally favorable conditions ensured that the grapes were healthy and could ripen perfectly.
Despite a heat wave at the start of harvest, the nights remained cool. This, combined with the cool temperatures preceding the early harvest, produced grapes of very high quality.

Winemaking

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were carefully hand harvested and gently de-stemmed. They were then crushed, pressed and allowed to settle overnight. Each lot was fermented in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bright fruit flavors and natural acidity of the grapes s to retain a crisp structure. The juice fermented slowly at 14°C. None of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation. Andries then sampled the finished lots and chose the ideal blend, arriving at a wonderfully balanced, crisp wine.

Tasting Notes

Our 2007 Sebeka South Africa Sauvignon Blanc is a vibrant New World style wine that offers a generous bouquet of gooseberry, tropical fruits and herbal notes. The palate confirms the bouquet, with the flavors accented by subtle mineral notes.

The crisp acidity and bright tropical fruits evident in this wine pair well with a wide variety of foods, especially Asian and Indian cuisines. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within one year of release.

Alcohol 12.8 %

Sugar 6 g/l
Total Acid 6.5 g/l
pH 3.5

South African Table Wine, ©2007 Sebeka Wines, Healdsburg, CA. All rights reserved.

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SEBEKA
2007 CHARDONNAY
WESTERN CAPE

Winemaker Andries Blake believes that it is important to honor South Africa’s 350-year winemaking heritage while appealing to today’s wine tastes. Sebeka wines offer complex flavors yet remain uniquely approachable for American wine consumers. By balancing exotic aromas and intense fruit flavors, Andries believes that his Sebeka wines evoke the natural beauty of the South Africa landscape.

The Vintage
The grapes used to create the 2007 Sebeka South Africa Chardonnay were grown in a number of South Africa’s finest vineyard disticts located across the Western Cape, predominantly Breedekloof. 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 Indian ocean. The warmer districts take advantage of the bright South Africa sunshine and produce grapes with ripe fruit flavors. Soils are typically sandstone and sandy alluvium.

The cold winter and generally favorable conditions ensured that the grapes were healthy and could ripen perfectly.
Despite a heat wave at the start of harvest, the nights remained cool. This, combined with the cool spring and summer temperatures preceding the early harvest, produced grapes of very high quality.

Winemaking

The Chardonnay grapes were carefully hand harvested and then gently de-stemmed. They were crushed, pressed and allowed to settle overnight. Each lot was fermented in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bright fruit flavors of the grapes and to achieve a clen, balanced structure. The juice was allowed to ferment slowly at 14°C. None of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation. Andries then tasted the finished lots and selected the best blend to arrive at the complexity he desired in the finished wine

Tasting Notes

The 2007 Sebeka South African Chardonnay has a crisp style, offering a bouquet of fresh apples, pears, spicy cloves and caramelized sugar. The palate confirms the bouquet, and is accented with hints of oak and vanilla on the finish.

This well balanced wine has a slightly creamy yet crisp texture which allows it to pair well with a wide variety of foods,
especially grilled poultry and fish dishes prepared with Cajun spices and fruit salsas.

This wine is at its best if enjoyed within one year of release, but should be able to age in the bottle for up to two years.

Alcohol 13.8 %

Sugar 6.5 g/l
Total Acid 6.5 g/l
pH 3.5

South African Table Wine, ©2007 Sebeka Wines, Healdsburg, CA. All rights reserved.

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