aj Calligraphy 2006
“Thank goodness! Another good weather year, plus available irrigation and the introduction of “coccidoxenoides perminutes” for mealy bug control saw the vineyards returning to health. Bernhard auctioned his first CWG wines. The Deli and Event facility was built below the cellar and Cassia was put on the planning board. Henriette joined us on the marketing side. Nitida joined the World Wide Web. The Durbanville Water Pipeline was completed. On the wine side, we bought our own labelling line, our experimental white blend went back in to wood after blending and we picked a tiny crop off the new Cabernet block. Woolworths released the first Nitida Sauvignon Blanc Limited Release.”
Elegance is the order of the day as always with the Nitida Calligraphy. A sign of the perfect and subtle balance between wood and fruit. Big fruity plums, forest mushrooms and capsicum are gently wrapped in a touch of chocochino.
The quality of our grapes after the 2004 harvest deteriorated due to the rapid increase in virus status of the vineyards. In line with this we did not make a 2005 Calligraphy. We sourced the grapes for this 2006 vintage from Altydgedacht (our own new plantings will only yield grapes in 2009). We were given the luxury of picking from a selection of their vineyards, and after careful consideration we picked the merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon grapes from north facing sites. We waited patiently, long after they supplied to other customers, to give the grapes time to ripen fully. It has proved a great strategy, yielding so many great barrels that we could blend 2 style options - the Calligraphy and the Speciosa. The Calligraphy blend places more emphasis on elegance with prominent merlot fruit added to cabernet franc spice.