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Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 5.50.01 PMFirst, let me apologize for not posting for a while. I had gotten in a groove there but it has seemed to fallen off a little bit. Have no fear, we have been drinking wine and visiting wineries. It takes a certain amount of time to sit down and put your tastes into words. That brings me to another Naked Wine’s wine the 2013 Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon.

Arabella is located in South Africa and therefore has a reverse growing season, which allows us to enjoy a young wine from just last year. Unlike many of the wines from Naked Wines, they actually have their own website and it is really well put together. Check it out here. On the website, they do have actually a lot of wines to choose from. The Cabernet Sauvignon is listed and will give you as much or as little details about the wine that you could possibly want. It includes growing season, soil type, and even clone information:

Cabernet Sauvignon is picked mid March to first week of April. Once crushed the wine is pumped into fermentation tanks. Tailored pump overs are done twice daily during fermentation to obtain delicate fruit tannins and maximize flavours and colour extraction. Wine and skins then pumped into an airbag press with a central inflatable membrane. The entire outer cylinder of the press has drainage holes to speed up the process of pressing and increases the amount of juice extracted. Following the gentle pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tanks. Wine is then put on French Oak for about 5-10 months to add softness and complexity to the wine.

This is how the wine was made. The tasting notes:

Brimming with abundant blackcurrant aromas, this full-bodied wine is a mouthful of juicy plum flavours. Delightfully versatile, it makes a delicious partner to a wide variety of foods.

So how was it?

Color – Violet purple with red hues that began about half of a inch on the edge of the glass.

Nose – Intense dark fruit with a lot of vanilla and oak on the nose.

Taste – Raspberry tart, at first, then the oakiness and tannins comes through later. It almost reminds me of smoked meat.

Finish – Long bold and lingering.

Overall, a good wine from South Africa and a good wine from Naked Wines. I usually have been pretty critical of theirs but if you have a membership this is a must buy. 91% of their members say the same thing and that they would buy it again.

Rating: B+

~Justin