Cuvée 5

Villány 2012

“Having tasted a number of vintages of Cuvée 5, I am delighted to see a real sense of "place" and possibly even vineyard emerging as each following vintage expresses its personality. For me this is the best vintage yet.  It has a very stylish balance of the characteristic "hallmark" intense, ripe dark berry and black cherry fruit, but with clean bright acidity from the excellent Cabernet Franc in the blend, with the big 15% alcohol being in no way intrusive in this wine. This is a "big" wine but I like it better than the earlier prize winning 'stars'  for its "lift" and brightness, soft round tannins and broad palette of flavours. This is again a wine with very good ageing potential and therefore it is right up there with all the collectable Bordeaux blends.” Christopher Burr MW

Varietal composition: cabernet sauvignon,merlot,cabernet franc
Recommended drinking temperature: 17-18 ℃
Alcohol content: 15 %
Bottle size: 0,75 l
Details

Winemaking

After rigorous hand selection, berries are gently crushed and briefly cold soaked in stainless steel tanks. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and small French oak barrels. 30-day total maceration in the tank to preserve the varietal's character. Aged for 18 months in 80% new  20% used French oak barrels.

 

The Year

An amazing year with full of excitement, challenges even panic.  No routine procedures whatsoever! Soft winter in January (16C) was followed by serious cold and frost.  Kopár, the complete plantation seemed to be dead, everything looked grey and lifeless above snow-level. We got the next freezing cold-wave with frost right after bud-break on Easter Monday, followed by a cold and windy April-May! Some sensitive varietals (Kékfrankos, Cabernet Franc) did not look happy but it was still enough time for them to recover. An amazing summer came, never ending sunshine and heat but not much rain. The early ripening varietals suffered the most resulting a very early harvest. Our carefully-planned harvest schedule turned totally up-side-down:  our harvest usually starts with red varietals for Rose. Now we harvested the same grapes (fe. Merlot) for red wines by the end of August, along with Pinot Noir. It was not pre- and main harvest period as usual. They were beautiful ripe grapes all over the place, at every vineyard, every corner of the cellar, on every truck! Our whole vineyard worker team was on the fields day and night. Others were waiting at the winery for the grapes to be hand-selected. We were done with the harvest by October 5, quite early which gave us enough time to rethink our winemaking strategy based on the very ripe fruits of the 2012 harvest.

Details

Type Red wine
Acidity 5,7 g/l
Alcohol content 15 %
Varietal composition: cabernet sauvignon,merlot,cabernet franc
pH 3,62
Bottle size 0,75 l
Beginning of harvest 2012-09-04
Bottling date 2016-07-07
Vinification In new and used oak barrels.
Ageing time 18 Month
Vineyards Makár, Ördögárok, Kopár

Tasting

Deep purple-ruby
It has a very stylish balance of the characteristic "hallmark" intense, ripe dark berry and black cherry fruit.
Soft round tannins and broad palette of flavours.