NITIDA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Welcome home Cabernet Sauvignon 2016! Where tastes and smells are familiar. Reminders of traditional Christmas pud with mascarpone creme, warm ripe cherries and fresh blackberries. Round soft tannins finished with mint leaf. For a get together with friends served with lamb kofta, tzatziki and quinoa made special with feta, basil and sundried tomatoes.
Great wine is made in the vineyard’, this being ever-true in the case of Cabernet Sauvignon. Durbanville’s cool, maritime climate is suited for the production of elegantly styled Cabernet Sauvignon characterised by concentrated fruit flavours and soft, plush tannins. Leaves were removed in the bunch zone on the south side of the canopy that improved sunlight penetration in the bunch zones to ensure optimal ripening conditions. This also increases the bud fertility for the vine in years to come. Small berries and tiny bunches results in high fruit concentration of the juice at harvest and results in a complex, concentrated wine in the bottle. Grapes are hand harvested at full phenolic ripeness, destemmed and the individual berries are sorted. Fermentation takes place in open fermenters with punch downs every four hours. The wine is left on the skins for a further three weeks after fermentation before the wine is pressed.
The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months (30% new oak) followed by a light filtration prior to bottling. This wine will develop further complexity with careful cellaring.
Cultivar: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vine: 8 yrs
Root Stock: Mgt 101-14
Wood: 12 months, 100% French oak (30% new oak)