Merlot Reserve 2015 - Founders Club
2015 was a particularly outstanding vintage for Merlot at Kacaba. Having fairly mild winter in 2014-2015 allowed the vines to go dormant but sustain no damage to primary (fruiting) buds. Early warmth resulted in slightly earlier growing season start. Onset of very warm and dry summer could be felt in May and resulted in vigorous growth in the vineyard and called for very labour intensive shoot positioning and hedging practices in the early summer. As the warm days continued, vines were able to accumulate huge energy potential for ripening fruit completely that year and to take that great fruit even further in richness and sugar content very intensive crop thinning was applied. Finally, dry conditions of the early and mid autumn allowed us to let these vines to hang later into the season in the process accumulating more complexity and quality in each berry.
All fruit for this wine was hand harvested assuring only the best quality. The grapes were gently de-stemmed and transferred to stainless steel tanks for whole berry fermentation. Manual punchdowns and machine pumpovers were conducted two to three times daily. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to a combination of new and second fill French and American oak barrels. After 12 months of ageing, the wine was racked, blended and bottled.