LAIBACH CLASSIC The Dogleg 2003


TECHNICAL DETAILS
VARIETAL 44% Cabernet, 44% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Pe
ALCOHOL 14.0%
TOTAL ACIDITY 5.8 g/l
pH 3.71
RESIDUAL SUGAR 2.4 g/l
TASTING NOTES

This wine shows great complexity. Well balanced with berry, cassis and chocolat flavours. Hints of rose petals and leather are well supported with elegant oak. On the palate the wine shows juicy, ripe, red berry fruit with hints of spice that end with well extracted tannins. Medium to full bodied, this wine shows the great complexity of blending Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink within 2 – 7 years after vintage. Many winemakers dream about vintages like 2003, where the terroir together with great weather conditions produce exceptional grapes. I will always remember the vintage as one where nothing was rushed. Grapes had enough time to ripen under “no stress” and therefore producing ripe, balanced and harmonious fruit. Picking started middle February with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This was followed one week later by Petit Verdot and then from ± the 10th of March by Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes had great fruit and showed very good varietal character with no signs of “dead or cooked” fruit. Each variety was treated different with a combination of open fermentation (with short skin contact) and stainless steel with very long extended maceration being used to enhance varietal character. Wines went into 30% new, tight grain French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and were racked every 3 – 4 months. Each varietal was aged and matured separately. The blend was made after 14 months in oak and the wine was bottled after a light egg white fining with a very rough filtration.