The 2009 CADE Sauvignon Blanc is alive with vibrant, fresh acidity and perfectly balanced rich fruit characteristics. Wonderful aromas of spearmint, guava, kiwi, gooseberry and snow peas are followed on the palate with flavors of concentrated lemon/lime mix, fig and guava. The lees contact gives the wine a nice mouth feel and texture. We feel that the addition 26% fruit from our Estate vineyard in Oakville has lent a nice complexity and depth of flavors to this wine.
Balancing power with finesse, this offers intense blackberry, dusty rock, cedar, black licorice and dried herb flavors. Gains depth and nuance, with tannins providing traction and definition.
FERMENTATIONFermentation was carried out in a combination of stainless steel tanks (34%), stainless steel drums (37%), French Chateau barrels (25%) and the balance (4%) was fermented in concrete eggs. Three strains of yeast were used on the stainless-fermented portion while 80% of the barrel ferments were inoculated and 20% were allowed to ferment with native yeasts. Fermentation lasted for an average of 32 days at 53o F. Malolactic fermentation was inhibitedÉLEVAGE While the stainless steel tank was racked off of its lees the stainless steel barrels, oak barrel ferments and concrete eggs were allowed to rest on their lees with bâtonnage (lees stirring) occurring twice a month until February when all three lots were blended together in preparation for bottling.
Wine SpectatorRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/14/2012