Lucca 2018

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R300,00

The 2018 Lucca is a clever blend of 53% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and, for the first time, Cabernet Sauvignon at 10%. The Cabernet Sauvignon provides a strong framework to dangling Cabernet Franc florae and serves as the perfect vehicle for this individual vintage’s characteristics that allowed for the late budding and -ripening Cabernet Sauvignon to express valued blackcurrant; not often achieved in our climate.

14.61

ALC

5.20

TA

3.60

pH

0.62

VA

2.30

RS

Words from our winemaker, Megan:

The Vintage

The 2018 vintage will long be remembered for its coolness and low disease pressure. It will also be remembered as the first real vintage to feel the effects of the famous Cape Drought that started in 2015 and worsened towards 2018. Our yields were down by 10%, but with our buffering cool climate conditions, the quality of the vintage was superlative. The 2017 winter leading up to the 2018 vintage arrived later than usual, allowing vines to part with their leaves slightly later – a great thing for the accumulation of reserves. Bud burst started later due to the late, cool, season extending well into September. Shoot growth started off slow, but increased as temperatures soared into November.

From December temperatures cooled down quickly and by February nights weren’t quite comfortable without the aid of a jumper. This was great for colour and flavour formation, especially in our red varieties that ripen much later in the season. In addition to that, the bunches and individual berries were much smaller than usual, which is again coupled with increased colour and flavour intensity. The cool, dry weather also allowed for longer hang-time as vineyards were healthy without the occurrence of diseases and pests; allowing for slow ripening and softer, richer tannins. What an absolute pleasure working this vintage.

The Wine

The 2018 Lucca is a clever blend of 53% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and, for the first time, Cabernet Sauvignon at 10%. The Cabernet Sauvignon provides a strong framework to dangling Cabernet Franc florae and serves as the perfect vehicle for this individual vintage’s characteristics that allowed for the late budding and -ripening Cabernet Sauvignon to express valued blackcurrant; not often achieved in our climate.

Matured for 18 months in 80% new French oak barriques, this diligent blend entices the senses with notes of violet, fennel seed and graphite before plunging into a palate dark and dense with prolific layers of polymerized tannins that demand great focus to unwrap. When achieved, a fine balance between earthy salinity and fresh acidity provide an undeniable tension that begs for a deeper exploration into the infinite depths of this effort.

As your mouth waters, we dare you to take some time before the next sip.

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