A wine to savour slowly

Castel Campan

2018

Wine
Our finest Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend worthy of time and attention. Consummate harmony, peaking only after 10 years’ bottle ageing. Concentrated to the quick.

Grape varieties

Cabernet Franc 65 %, Merlot 35 %

Winemaking

Spontaneous fermentation with the skins took place in upright open-top oak vats. The grapes were so healthy that we were able to prolong the skin contact including post fermentation maceration to four weeks in order to extract as many assertive but supple tannins as possible. The wine matured in barriques for twenty months, half of which were new.

Site and soil

The “Tatzenschrot” site in the Manincor estate, a south-east facing slope at an altitude of 250 m above sea level, is planted with our oldest Merlot vines and is one of the warmest sites in the whole of South Tyrol, predestined for the production of top red wines. The Cabernet Franc comes from the Seehof vineyard where the soils consisting of clay, lime and gravel yield wines with power and finesse.

Bottled

6,300 bottles were filled in June 2018.

Analytical data

Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l
Alcohol: 14 % vol.
Acidity: malolactic fermentation: 5.8 g/l

Vintage

After a difficult start, 2016 eventually developed into a magnificent year of light and sunshine. May and June brought very unsettled weather with frequent thunder storms and some precipitation almost daily. With careful manual vine husbandry and our biodynamic preparations, we coped well with this phase. From the middle of July, at the beginning of the ripening period, the situation improved, with one sunny day after another. In August and September the quality of the light was outstanding. The grapes were able to reach perfect maturity and developed intensive aromas. Such exceptional years are especially beneficial for our hand-crafted wines. The wines in the vintage are characterised by intense fruit and a succulent full palate. For the Castel Campan, only absolutely mature grapes were selected from the most balanced vines. We brought in the Merlot grapes from the Tatzenschroat site at the beginning of October and Cabernet Franc from Langeben at the end of October. Yield per hectare was 30 hl.

Description and food recommendations

Bright dark purple-red. Red and black berry fruits, oriental spices, leather and tobacco characterise the many-faceted aroma. The assertive tannins give the wine a dense structure and are velvety in the young wine. The potential for development is already apparent and the persistent fruit in the finish most promising.

Enjoy at optimum maturity from 2019 to 2030.

Serve: below room temperature, 60 - 64 °F; in its youth the wine will benefit from decanting; savour from large Bordeaux glasses. It is best enjoyed as the climax of a festive meal and as a “meditation wine”.

Distributor: Manincor, San Giuseppe al Lago 4, 39052 Caldaro/Italy