Cloud9 CabFranc grapes in Hourcat Sud, a few days before harvest 2012

Cloud9 CabFranc grapes in Hourcat Sud, a few days before harvest 2012

A quick blog this week to give you the good news that the 2012 Cloud9 Cabernet Franc has now been run off in barrels…and to our nice surprise we fully filled three, guaranteeing us a good number of bottles for our clients. The even better news is that the taste is excellent, reflecting our thoughts from January. It will be nice to follow up on the 2010 with such a good wine confirming both the tradition of Cloud9 and our commitment to a very high quality wine. We are very proud of what our team in Cardan Bordeaux has achieved.

Cloud9 CabFranc 2012 continuing very nicely.

Cloud9 CabFranc 2012 continuing very nicely.

The CabMerlot, currently called “C-3”, has turned out differently. In the end two factors have persuaded us not to put this small quantity of wine into barrel. It was always going to be a challenge to see if there was enough wine to fill one 225 litre oak barrique. The quantity is marginal and secondly the wine is very fine and light and doesn’t appear to merit oak maturation. So for the moment it will stay in the vat and continue its maturation there. There is no point in putting a wine into oak if it will not benefit the wine. It also says that there are going to be many exciting vintages ahead as we work hard to find the best balance and combination for our small “old vine” block Merlot as it recovers and regains more vigour. An exciting new brand and label will be born and as always we are working on that too so as to bring you a quality wine product worthy of the Paradise Rescued brand.

Lots more fun to come….