Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 grapes were from the sunny western slope of Biljana hill. The vineyard is planted nearby our estate and is called “Podsala”. This is a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, where the growth of vines is slow and the yield is relatively small, but of very high quality. This vineyard is considered a grand cru for exceptional consistent quality. The color is deep ruby. The flavors are resembling black currant, raspberry, and plums. There are also flavors of well ripen red forest fruits. At the end spices, mint and little black pepper. It has a great body and a long aftertaste.
The vineyard “Podsala” is a very sunny west-south facing slope. The combination of flysch and heavy clay soils make this an ideal location for the grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon. In the summer there is plenty of sun and the heavy soils make sure that there is no lack of nutrients. This vineyard is also specially managed by us with the use of different cover crops and different viticulture practices to ensure a very high quality of grapes. The vines are 35 years old and are trained in a special system developed by us for the greater results in this area.
The year 2018 was a real surprise with near-ideal conditions for developing a great nee of Cabernet Sauvignon. The average temperatures were quite hot, at times arriving at 33 degrees Celsius. About the rain was a little concern because it started looking like it was not enough so fears of drought rose. At the near-perfect moment, rain arrived so the grapes had a great ripeness. The harvest was a little bit early as usual because of the hot summer, but with exceptional fruit quality. It was a joy to harvest.
The grapes were in great condition, handpicked and in perfect ripeness. At the harvest day temperatures were low so there was no need to cool the grapes before de-stemming. After de-stemming the grapes were managed at controlled temperatures in the process of fermentation. The fermentation was long and the wine got from the berries some very pleasant and distinct fruity flavors and the right amount of tannins too. When the fermentation was completed the wine was gently pressed and drained in used French and American small oak barrels. The completion of the malolactic fermentation ensured great stability and the perfect match of varietal character and tannings. After balanced aging, the wine was bottled in August of 2019. Because of the excellent grapes, the wine is soft, fruity and delicate with the aging potential of at least 10 years.
varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
region: Brda (Collio)
Acid: 5 g/l
residual sugar: 1,2 g/l
serving temperature: 16-20 C