Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2015
**SILVER MEDAL - 2017 WineAlign National Wine Awards
2015 was a spectacular vintage with some of the most perfect conditions ever seen in Niagara. Long, slow, even-ripening conditions lead to amazing balance between the wine making elements of sugar, flavour, acid and secondary compounds such as tannin. All fruit for this full bodied wine came exclusively from the Kacaba estate plantings averaging small yields of 2 tons per acre. This superior fruit was hand harvested and after a quick sorting received and gentle de-stemming. Whole berries were moved to five thousand litre stainless steel tanks to cold soak and extract colour, flavours and aromatics character. Then the Cabernet Sauvignon was inoculated introducing yeast to start fermentation. Post-ferment the wine was left on skins prior to pressing. The wine was then inoculated for malolactic fermentation with selected bacteria. After the completion of MLF the wine was racked and transferred to a combination of French oak and American oak barrels. After 12 months of barrel maturation the barrels were racked, blended, cold stabilised and finally bottled.
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