We’ve already covered to white wine grapes, and now it’s time to move on to something darker. How about a nice Cabernet Sauvignon?
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the last vines to break bud and start growing, and also last in line for harvest. It makes up for this late start with lots of vigorous growth all season long. Cabernet Sauvignon needs a lot of upkeep to maintain an orderly canopy.
Strategic leaf removal is critical as the fruit matures for one important reason; taste. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes need abundant sunlight to create the wonderfully complex flavors present in the wine. No sun, no flavor. Additionally, if there are too many leaves too close to the grapes, they will actually impart some of their own flavor to the grapes. No one wants to taste leaf in their wine, so keeping the grapes free and clear of leaves is extremely important.
The grapes themselves are a dark bluish-purple, in large loose clusters. Once the grapes are harvested, we bottle them as Cabernet Sauvignon, and blend them into Hawk Haven’s Red Table Wine and our new Quill.