An approachable and accessible red blend with an attractive black fruit-driven nose, and ripe, supple tannins on the palate. Opaque ruby in the glass, the 2013 Kabang Red is an explosion of blackberries, chocolate, leather, black pepper, and graphite. It is a mouthful of succulent black fruits (black raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, and black cherries), coupled with smooth and silky tannins and a mouthwatering juicy acidity.
2013 started off well with a mild winter, and bud break was only slightly delayed by the cool spring. The warmth of August and September balanced the slow arrival of summer heat and dryness.
October's on-average warmer daytime temperatures, combined with cooler nights, helped to increase sugars while maintaining good acidity in the fruit. There was little mildew concern despite summer/fall humidity, and pest pressure was low as well.
Thanks to the higher overall moisture levels of the growing season, we had greater crop volumes in most whites and quick-ripening reds. Early fall frosts allowed for fast grape desiccation in later-ripening reds, leading to excellent flavour concentration. Harvest dates were near Stratus-normal. Winter arrived precipitously and with it, a record icewine harvest.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- VQA Niagara Lakeshore
- J-L Groux
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Serving Temperature
- 18 °C
- Drinking Window
- 2016 - 2018
- Harvest Date
- October 29 - November 25, 2013
- 569 days in French oak Ɩ 15% new