LAIBACH CLASSIC Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

VARIETAL 100 % Cab. Sauv.
pH 3.45

A new release of an old faithful. We present another very tiny bottling of our Laibach Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Like you all know we are in the middle of possible the best Cab area in South–Africa. Vintage 2016 was not easy but it produced wines which are much more approachable young, compared to vintages like 09,11,12,13 and the spectacular 2015. Our vineyards are now in their most productive phase being between 12 and 18 years old. They are all farmed organically and only irrigation is used in the white wine vineyards now and then. Therefore we have deeper roots, lower yields and supreme quality. Any winemaker will tell you that this is all the characteristics you need to produce world class wine.

The Cabernet is handpicked and we have a strict sorting regime after destemming but before crushing to remove all unwanted green stems that might slip through. The mash is gently pumped to small open top fermentation vessels for a quick warm fermentation with manual punch downs and pump overs. The amount of punch downs will be decided by the condition of the grapes at harvest. We work a bit softer every year to bring out more fruit and less aggressive tannin. After fermentation of around 8 – 10 days the skins are removed and gently pressed. Press juice is added straight back and the wine is matured in old French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is sterile bottled.

Deep dark colour. On the nose some lovely ripe blackberries with hints of tomato puree and wild spice. Palate is medium bodied with oodles of fruits and soft almost plummy tannins. Wood is very well integrated and the wine shows the approachable hallmark of the vintage. A wine with complexity, balance and depth which will last 2 -4 years after vintage.