Varieties: Petit Verdot 46%, Malbec 41%, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%
Dornier CMD pays tribute to the late, founding owner Christoph Modeste Dornier, whose endearment of Stellenbosch, affinity towards fine wine and mastery of art are exemplified in the release of Dornier CMD.
Dornier CMD 2015 is a blend of the three lesser known Bordeaux varieties. Berry and black cherry aromas are supported by subtle hints of French oak. The palate is a true reflection of the nose of the wine. The wine shows concentrated fruit and firm tannins with a lingering finish. The Cabernet Franc also adds a hint of austerity to this elegant blend.
For the production of Dornier CMD, grapes are hand-harvested from row specific vines located within three high density planted blocks of vineyards established on the highest slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountains at Dornier. The mountains towering above these vineyards block the early morning sun creating a substantially cooler microclimate and longer ripening period. Rocky top-soils present in the vineyards allow for beneficial aeration of the roots whilst the high clay content in the underlying soils keeps the roots cool during the hot, dry summers. Cool breezes channelling through the mountains keep the vines fresh and aerated contributing significantly to the unique growing conditions within the individual blocks whilst delivering exceptional balance and finesse to the wine.
Fermentation and Ageing:
The grapes are picked by hand, which allows us to sort bunches in the vineyard before a second berry sorting in the cellar. The three parcels of fruit are fermented separately in open top fermenters with punch downs four times a day. Malolactic fermentation takes place in the barrel for better integration and roundness. The wine then ages for 18 months in French oak barrels, of which 45% is new.