Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Saturday lunch, and I am uncorking Russian Cabernet Sauvignon one after other. This comes from 7 years old vines located in Semigorje close to the Black Sea. After the fermentation,15% of the wine is held in a barrel of 225 litres, 85% of the wine is held in steel. Za zrodovye!
In the glass the wine has a lively ruby colour. The intensity is medium to deep.. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. There is a lot of fresh black fruits and an underlying flavour of cream that I have found in many Russian red wines. The aromatic palette is enriched and made more vibrant by notes of black pepper, black currant leaf, and a sharp perfume of green bell pepper. Despite only 15% of the divine juice aged in oak, the secondary aromas are quite distinct. There is vanilla, cloves, cedar, smoke, toast and coffee. The tertiaries are a subtle tar, really charming dried flowers, but also leather, earth, mushroom and tobacco. Excellent!
The nectar is dry, with medium high level of acidity and tannins. The alcohol is high (14%). The flavour intensity is medium plus with the secondary aromas taking the scene. There are notes of charred wood, smoke, toast, coffee and again the green bell pepper. The lasting is medium plus.
The variety of flavours at the nose is probably the strength of this wine. At the palate, the nectar actually lacks of the body and the strength that a Cabernet Sauvignon has generally got. It is an honest wine, but nothing more. I much prefer the Pinot Noir produced by Sikory.