Spirals - Chabernet 2018
We are over the moon to be releasing the Spirals project, something we have been working on quietly for the past two years. In short, it is a series of collaborative and exclusive wines that we make or blend with a different grower every year. 100% of the profits of all Spirals wines will always be donated to various organisations whose work I believe in and whose ideals are aligned with our own. For full info please visit modalwines.com/spirals.
Chabernet was made with the talented Christoph Heiss of Malinga wines.
We tasted through a couple of different tanks of Zweigelt and St Laurent but it was a tank of Cabernet Sauvignon that captivated us. Christoph’s father had planted this variety in the 90s and it’s a grape that always ended up in the family winery’s house red blend as they haven’t quite known what to do with it in recent times. The wine was delicious, very typical for the grape yet with vibrant fruit and a particular freshness. But it was still Cabernet Sauvignon from Kamptal… not the easiest sell.
As we were heading out however, we noticed a lone barrel in the corner of the tank room which seemed out of place. ‘What’s in the barrel?’ ‘oh, that’s some experimental Chardonnay I was trying out, but I don’t like it’ ‘ok… let’s taste.’ And the rest is history… Two separate wines without a clear identity, without a real purpose, turned into one of the most drinkable and exciting reds we’ve tried in a while, hello #CHABERNET.
A Cabernet Sauvignon/ Chardonnay blend sounds like madness but the result speaks for itself. Super juicy, with crunchy dark fruits and a soft structure, refreshing acidity, and a bit of the texture that really stood out in the Chardonnay. On the nose it could almost pass for either a red or white. On the palate it’s pure joy.
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Chardonnay