Stellenbosch Vineyards

The Flagship

The Flagship Petit Verdot 2012

The 2012 season kicked off with sufficient cold, but a drier winter than usual – in the coastal regions especially.

Abnormally cold and rainy conditions during the second part of flowering resulted in uneven flowering and berry set, with high disease pressure, which producers managed to control satisfactorily. Weather conditions were back to normal in December, and less wind than usual resulted in less damage to grapevines than previous years. The ripening period in February and March was further characterised by ideal, cool weather conditions for slow ripening, resulting in good colour and flavour in red cultivars especially. Very dry weather also contributed to healthy grapes and the absence of diseases and rot.
Cooler weather delayed the start of the harvest by about two weeks and the last grapes were crushed two to three weeks later than usual

Winemaker's comments

This deep ruby-hued wine offers intense dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours with great fruit purity. It has refreshing acidity and rich, complex savoury support. The palate is rich and juicy with upfront fruit sweetness. The angular tannin structure is well integrated and complements the intense, lingering finish.

Maturation potential  

Ready to be enjoyed now with the potential to age further for ten years.

Alcohol Volume (%): 13.90%

pH: 3.54

Sugar: 1.74 g/L

Acidity: 6.46 g/L

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