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Kirwan

Kirwan - Lobenbergs Gute Weine

Die 35 Hektar Rebfläche von Kirwan befinden sich zum Teil auf Lehmboden mit Kiesunterschicht und zum anderen auf Kiesauflage mit Lehmunterschicht. Sie sind mit durchschnittlich 35 Jahre alten Reben bestückt (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc und 10% Petit Verdot). Die Weinlese erfolgt bei Kirwan per Hand und im Juni findet eine Behangausdünnung zur...

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Die 35 Hektar Rebfläche von Kirwan befinden sich zum Teil auf Lehmboden mit Kiesunterschicht und zum anderen auf Kiesauflage mit Lehmunterschicht. Sie sind mit durchschnittlich 35 Jahre alten Reben bestückt (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc und 10% Petit Verdot). Die Weinlese erfolgt bei Kirwan per Hand und im Juni findet eine Behangausdünnung zur Ertragsbeschränkung statt. Kirwan bringt vollmundige, körperreiche und intensive Weine hervor. Nicht dem hohen Qualitätsanspruch genügende Fässer werden lose verkauft und so ist selbst der Zweitwein von Kirwan, der Charmes de Kirwan, berauschend gut. Ein Wein von hoher Klasse, der inzwischen zu den besten Zweitweinen des Medoc gehört.

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Spring 2015

2014, the world’s longest marathon…
Following quick growth in its early stages, this vintage soon became cause for concern due to particularly humid and stormy weather in spring and summer. We had several hail storms, but fortunately they...

2014, the world’s longest marathon…
Following quick growth in its early stages, this vintage soon became cause for concern due to particularly humid and stormy weather in spring and summer. We had several hail storms, but fortunately they caused no serious damage. August was the coolest on record for the past 15 years, delaying the ripening process. Summer weather finally arrived as of August 27, helping the grapes to ripen. Water stress gradually appeared in September, the hottest ever recorded. The grapes became naturally concentrated.
The grapes might have been stressed, but we were more and more relieved… our morale started to rise as we reached the final stretch of this marathon. Everything became possible, and we held out hope for a successful vintage.
We began harvesting the Merlot grapes on September 23. Sugar levels were very high, reaching 15% alcohol in the young vines, which are more sensitive to water stress. We found the Merlots ripe, with velvety tannins and excellent—but not excessive—concentration.
The cabernets thrive on slow ripening and took full advantage of the Indian summer. They were harvested between October 6 and 11, two weeks after the first Merlots. The berries were smaller, fleshier and more concentrated than the Merlots. The aromas were both delicately fruity and spicy, and the tannins of exceptionally high quality.
As of February, after maturing in casks for three months, the definitive blend was decided. It combined the richness of the Merlots with the elegance of the Cabernets, with a touch of spice from the Petit Verdots. The blend offers just enough acidity to offset the high alcohol level and tannins, guaranteeing a perfect balance.
This vintage rather reminds me of 2001 for the way the season unfolded: a chaotic summer and a magnificent fall. The main difference is that September was much warmer in 2014. That allowed the tannins to mature very early on, unlike the 01s, which required much more time. The wines are also richer and more potent this year.
Triumph after a long marathon! 2014 will go down as a great year. It stands out as a modern vintage that can be enjoyed relatively young, while promising excellent aging potential.

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