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Harry Hartman Coracle 2019

Deep ruby in colour with medium intensity. Oaky which will balance out in time should you wish to lay it down for a bit
Rich & Savoury
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Producer Harry Hartman
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Rich & Savoury
Grape Blend 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petit Verdot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 13.5
Vintage 2019
Extra Info Stunning SA Shiraz
Food Pairing Guide The wine is more approachable with decanting, and the tension will ease up a bit. Indeed, a sophisticated and chiseled wine albeit somewhat austere. Excited to see how this wine will perform in the long run as it is still tightly wound, and the oak needs integration.
Harry Hartman Coracle is dry, full-bodied, with cool, herbal notes on the palate. Red fruit, savoury notes and lots of tension. It is silky, firm with fine-grained tannins and lively acidity, excellent length, although the new oak needs time to integrate. "In essence, the name refers to a small traditional boat that symbolises the joint effort of a group of friends who adore Bordeaux-style blends. Yet, there is nothing light-weight about this wine. The quintessential power from Stellenbosch fruit is united in an intriguing and authoritative wine that casts a net of attractive aromas to reel you in. Its hedonistic charm of plum, mulberry, cassis, and blackberry are underpinned with masculine notes of English leather, cedar, tobacco, truffle, and cured meat. On entry, the wine provokes the palate with firm, corseted tannins that makes way for a delicious and mouth-filling mid-palate. This suave cabernet sauvignon-driven blend is undoubtedly intended to set sail for a long-lived journey and beckons those in search of a focussed and multi-faceted wine. Adorning this solid backbone, Merlot contributes with lively red fruit and a cool note of fennel that resurfaces as the wine develops in the glass. Trailed by hints of graphite and capsicum, Cabernet Franc takes a bow, adding even more defined fruit and finesse. Noticeable florals, rosemary, and intensity stems from Stellenbosch Petit Verdot to complete this flavour journey. The smart use of foudre barrels in combination with new 225-litre French oak barrels imparts deft tannin in its youth and anchors a sense of longevity. Persistent with a lingering taste of liquorice, cloves, and cinnamon, this wine was made to conquer." The wine is excellent and suitable for ageing.
Hand-harvested throughout March 2019 at 24-25°C. Some batches were inoculated with others fermenting spontaneously in Stainless Steel. Pump-overs take place 2-3 times per day with the temperature peaking at 28°C. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation and maturation (11 months) takes place in barrique. The majority of the coopers are Taransaud, Sylvain, Sequin Moreau and Saury. The wine is only racked once; two weeks before bottling. The vineyards are spread all over Stellenbosch. The Cabernet Franc situated on an east-facing slope of decomposed granite at an altitude of 250m in the Bottelary ward of Stellenbosch. The Merlot is situated in the Simonsberg ward and also situated on an east-facing slope of decom- posed granite at 300m. The Petit Verdot is at 275m above sea-level in the Bottelary ward, but on much deeper and heavier soils. The Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on various sites within the Bottelary, Helderberg and Polkadraai wards on decomposed granite and ferricrete soils.
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