Welcome to ED.02 of our Méthode Cab Nouveau, born as an experiment to showcase the diversity of the variety. This year, we trialled a new method to achieve a similar result.
The grapes [cabernet sauvignon] were harvested and crushed into an open fermenter. The must was left with CO2 cover to warm up and allow spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast. It was pumped over twice daily until day 5, when the juice was drained off and allowed to complete fermentation in tank. After this, a reverse osmosis filter was used to remove any large tannins with a molecular weight greater than 10,000. The resultant wine was then aged in 500L puncheons prior to bottling in January 2021.
This wine sits perfectly in the 'Chilled Red' category, you might see this referenced as CR on a wine list. Putting a red wine in the fridge is certainly not a new thing, but it has seen a re-emergence in the last couple of years. As per the 2020 vintage, this wine is made to enjoy young — it's a soft, approachable twist on a classic variety.
Drink within the first 18 months. If you do want to chill this wine, simply treat it like you would a Rosé or Light White (eg. Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc). An approachable take on a classic that will make you question the variety and challenge your perceptions.