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2015 Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon

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Winemaker's Notes

Winemaking: The fruit was picked relatively early on 13th March with lovely vibrancy and red fruit flavours. The bunches were de-stemmed and the grapes fermented in 4.5-tonne static fermenters. After 15 days on skins and a peak ferment temperature of around 26C, the wine was pressed to tank, settled briefly and transferred to a combination of new (25%) and two-year-old barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only once during that time and was then, after 16 months in oak, emptied from barrel, settled, clarified and bottled unfiltered.

Tasting notes: It's a pretty wine and one of the highlights of a challenging vintage. The Sheoak Vineyard makes expressive, medium-bodied Cabernets that bear some resemblance to a modern version of a luncheon claret. We are the very happy new owners and this vineyard will be the beating heart of the Nocturne project.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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2015 Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon

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Mike Bennie (2015 Vintage) says
Generous proportions but maintains a neat medium weight feel. Soft, ripe fruit spreads well across the palate, cassis, blueberry, Provencale herbs, black pepper and some subtle, cedary wood tannin. The perfume is reserved, black currants, bay leaf, faint sea spray and tobacco-scented oak. The tannins build nicely, classily, to a secretive but defining pucker. Though fuller and less structured than some wines from around the region, this does have a certain elegant feel.
2017 - 2025

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