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Windy Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Windy Hills lies on the main Sofia to Bourgas highway close to the town of Sliven and is renowned for its cultivation of high quality red grapes. Not many wineries can boast four star accommodations on-site. In front of the modern winery in the centre of the vineyard there is an impressive hotel full of traditional architecture and style. The hotel offers 11 comfortable double rooms, where guests can relax after a day’s wine tasting and sightseeing.

 

The winery offers a guided tour of the cellars and the grounds so that visitors may familiarise themselves with the labour that goes into producing this excellent wine; most of the technology used here comes from Italy.

 

Quality control is paramount here there is a state of the art laboratory to test and control the production of each batch. The subterranean cellar is probably the most intriguing part of the tour. Large oak casks stand side by side, three deep containing wines, which will age and mature in these barrels. There is also a grandiose, chateau-like wine tasting room cum restaurant adjacent to the cellar, filled with ageing bottles of each vintage, which provides spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Rocks renowned to this area.

The winery’s vineyards extend over 420 decars, which are filled with Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat, Merlot and Syrah grapes; what makes them that bit special is that they grow on a 12 degree incline with superior ventilation and a stony terrain, which provide excellent drainage while absorbing and radiating heat to the vines and thus aiding ripening. The winery’s name comes from the cool breeze, which blows through the Blue Rock Mountains even on a summer’s day.

The Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most renowned red wine grapes, yet despite its prominence, the grape is still relatively new; during the 17th century in south west France Cabernet franc was crossed with Sauvignon Blanc. The resulting grape, Cabernet Sauvignon is easy to cultivate because its thick skin makes it resistant to rot, frost and disease. Some say, that the grapes colonizing nature means that it takes over vineyards at the expense of domestic grapes. The Cabernet Sauvignon vine is one of the last grapes to bud and ripen and the flavour of wine is strongly influenced by the ripeness of the grapes at harvest.

 

 

The Wine

Windy Hill’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark smooth dry red with hints of mint and eucalyptus combined with a fruity blackcurrant, plum and tobacco-like taste. The oak casks, where the wine is stored, have the effect of softening the grape's naturally high tannins and add a spicy, vanilla flavour to the overall mix. It is a bold, assertive wine with the capability to overwhelm light and subtle dishes. This wine has a high tannin content as well as high alcohol content and consequently does not match well with spicy foods, which accentuate the bitterness of the tannins.

This is however a wine that pairs well with food such as steak especially when it is served as steak au poivre because this minimizes the tannins. It also suits food cooked in rich buttery or creamy sauces as well as bitter vegetables like endive or radicchio. This is a wine that can also be eaten with sweet foods such as dark chocolate or brown sugar based desserts. It also holds its own when served with cheese particularly cheddar, brie and mozzarella.

Overall, Windy Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is a quality wine suitable to impress your dinner guests and at only 10 lv. a bottle you can drink it again and again…