Cabernet Noir is an interesting grape varieties. It is one of the resistant crosses made by Valentin Blattner in Switzerland, and is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and unknown resistant partners. Also known as Cabaret Noir (which is its official name), it has loose clusters and is resistant to both powdery and downy mildew. This wine, from urban winery Blackbook, is really good.
Blackbook ‘Little Wonder’ Cabernet Noir Redhill Farm Estate 2018 Kent, England
11.5% alcohol. Fermented with wild yeast in small open-top fermenters, then aged in old Burgundy barrels for 8 months. Full in colour, this really reminds me of a good Loire Cabernet Franc. There’s a hint of green, with fresh berry and blackcurrant fruit, showing a sappy edge to the delicious, slightly crunchy summer pudding characters. Fresh, quite bright, substantially fruited and really pure, this is very drinkable. 91/100
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