Cuvee Misawa
02 CUVEE MISAWA

Cuvee Misawa

VINTAGE 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon (backbone), Merlot (fruitiness), Cabernet Franc (elegance) and Petit Verdot (spices), carefully grown on the Misawa Vineyard, are each vinified in small batches, separated by lot and variety until just before bottling, and matured in French oak barrels for 15 months. The grapes are brought to the winery immediately after harvest, where they will undergo a two-stage sort process and spontaneous fermentation. After maturation, the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. The grape variety composition depends on the year's performance, with no wines produced in years when the weather was not favourable.

Detail

Basic Data

Production area
Misawa Vineyard, Akeno town (cho), Yamanashi Prefecture
Grape varieties
Cabernet Franc (90%) Petit Verdot (10%)
Altitude
700m
Soil
volcanic ash
Vinification
15 months maturation in French oak barrel
Type
Red
Best to drink
2022+

Vintage

2018

In 2018, the rainy season ended early by the end of June, and maturity progressed ahead of the usual schedule. In October, we celebrated the harvest of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Due to pruning and pre-véraison yield restrictions, the harvest was about 30% less than usual, but both varieties achieved over 23 brix, showcasing the characteristics of Akeno, with both ripeness while retaining refreshing acidity.
At Misawa Vineyards, each grape variety is managed by lot right up to bottling. Until last year, Cuvée Misawa has been mainly a blend of Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, such as the Merlot-dominated 2017, and the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2015. For 2018, with repeated barrel tastings, it was the three barrels of Cabernet Franc that most captured our hearts. We wanted to challenge ourselves to create a 'Cuvee Misawa' based on the ultra-elegant character of Cabernet Franc. As a child, I once tried some Cabernet Franc grapes and was impressed by their delicious skins. Instead of using the press portion during pressing, I vinify the wine with care to preserve the soft tannins of Cabernet Franc which I experienced in the past by collecting only the free-run wine that naturally dripped from the tank. The varietal composition of the wine is different from previous Cuvée Misawas, but the tradition of "half of a good wine comes from viticulture, and the other half from handcrafting" is expressed clearly on the palate.

Varietal composition: Cabernet Franc (90%), Petit Verdot (10%)

2017

In 2017, rainfall was very low in both the early summer and during the rainy season, bringing positive effects to flowering and fruiting, leading to natural yield restrictions. I recalled we were expecting a great vintage. The blue summer sky spreaded throughout August. In September, temperature differences between day and night exceeded 20°C. Although there were two typhoons in October, the growing season was able to capitalised on the earlier weather advantages, and by pinpointing the timing of maturity and harvest, it resulted in being an ideal vintage. Blessed with excellent September weather, the 2017 vintage used Merlot as foundation, with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot as core, forming a powerful but graceful assemblage. In addition, by blending in the only barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon which was ripe with uncompromising quality despite October being affected by two typhoons, we were truly able to express the essence of Cuvée Misawa - a wine made from the best lot.

Varietal composition: Merlot (53%), Cabernet Franc (23%), Cabernet Sauvignon (12%), Petit Verdot (12%)

2016

We decided the harvest would not match the quality for Cuvée Misawa, so we declassified it to the second wine.

2015

2015 was blessed with excellent weather in October. Cabernet Sauvignon achieved 25 Brix. At such a cool production area at 700m above sea level, this was the ripest Cabernet Sauvignon we ever had. The final blend was made up of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Petit Verdot and Merlot.

Varietal composition: Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Petit Verdot (28%), Merlot (17%)

Winemaker’s Message

While I was still a student, the 1999 harvest was deeply engraved in my heart.
Before establishing our vineyard in Akeno, my father said to me during the harvest at Toriibira Vineyard, "If you hesitate, throw them all away," and that year we only produced one barrel of Merlot. "Cuvée Misawa" is an uncompromising wine, not because it is part of my family business, but it is also the symbolic wine I have always admired and longed to devote myself on with all my heart, when I vowed to become a winemaker.
Selection will take place right after harvest, fermentation is managed by daily tasting, and no press run is used during pressing, but rather the free run that drips naturally from the tanks will go into French oak barrels where it will spend 18-20 months.
At Misawa Vineyard, the wine is matured by variety and harvest lot until just before bottling. Cuvée Misawa is produced from the best blends of the year's lots, such as the Cabernet Franc-dominated 2019 and 2018, the Merlot-dominated 2017, and the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2015. Some vintages, as in 2016 when the weather was not on our side, the wine was not produced. A wine made with the winemaker's meticulous eye, from viticulture to vinification, without disregarding science but at the same time not being too biased towards technology-intensive winemaking, this is Cuvée Misawa.

Cuvee Misawa
02 CUVEE MISAWA

Cuvee Misawa

VINTAGE 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon (backbone), Merlot (fruitiness), Cabernet Franc (elegance) and Petit Verdot (spices), carefully grown on the Misawa Vineyard, are each vinified in small batches, separated by lot and variety until just before bottling, and matured in French oak barrels for 15 months. The grapes are brought to the winery immediately after harvest, where they will undergo a two-stage sort process and spontaneous fermentation. After maturation, the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. The grape variety composition depends on the year's performance, with no wines produced in years when the weather was not favourable.

Detail

Basic Data

Production area
Misawa Vineyard, Akeno town (cho), Yamanashi Prefecture
Grape varieties
Cabernet Franc (90%) Petit Verdot (10%)
Altitude
700m
Soil
volcanic ash
Vinification
15 months maturation in French oak barrel
Type
Red
Best to drink
2022+

Vintage

2018

In 2018, the rainy season ended early by the end of June, and maturity progressed ahead of the usual schedule. In October, we celebrated the harvest of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Due to pruning and pre-véraison yield restrictions, the harvest was about 30% less than usual, but both varieties achieved over 23 brix, showcasing the characteristics of Akeno, with both ripeness while retaining refreshing acidity.
At Misawa Vineyards, each grape variety is managed by lot right up to bottling. Until last year, Cuvée Misawa has been mainly a blend of Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, such as the Merlot-dominated 2017, and the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2015. For 2018, with repeated barrel tastings, it was the three barrels of Cabernet Franc that most captured our hearts. We wanted to challenge ourselves to create a 'Cuvee Misawa' based on the ultra-elegant character of Cabernet Franc. As a child, I once tried some Cabernet Franc grapes and was impressed by their delicious skins. Instead of using the press portion during pressing, I vinify the wine with care to preserve the soft tannins of Cabernet Franc which I experienced in the past by collecting only the free-run wine that naturally dripped from the tank. The varietal composition of the wine is different from previous Cuvée Misawas, but the tradition of "half of a good wine comes from viticulture, and the other half from handcrafting" is expressed clearly on the palate.

Varietal composition: Cabernet Franc (90%), Petit Verdot (10%)

2017

In 2017, rainfall was very low in both the early summer and during the rainy season, bringing positive effects to flowering and fruiting, leading to natural yield restrictions. I recalled we were expecting a great vintage. The blue summer sky spreaded throughout August. In September, temperature differences between day and night exceeded 20°C. Although there were two typhoons in October, the growing season was able to capitalised on the earlier weather advantages, and by pinpointing the timing of maturity and harvest, it resulted in being an ideal vintage. Blessed with excellent September weather, the 2017 vintage used Merlot as foundation, with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot as core, forming a powerful but graceful assemblage. In addition, by blending in the only barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon which was ripe with uncompromising quality despite October being affected by two typhoons, we were truly able to express the essence of Cuvée Misawa - a wine made from the best lot.

Varietal composition: Merlot (53%), Cabernet Franc (23%), Cabernet Sauvignon (12%), Petit Verdot (12%)

2016

We decided the harvest would not match the quality for Cuvée Misawa, so we declassified it to the second wine.

2015

2015 was blessed with excellent weather in October. Cabernet Sauvignon achieved 25 Brix. At such a cool production area at 700m above sea level, this was the ripest Cabernet Sauvignon we ever had. The final blend was made up of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Petit Verdot and Merlot.

Varietal composition: Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Petit Verdot (28%), Merlot (17%)

Winemaker’s Message

While I was still a student, the 1999 harvest was deeply engraved in my heart.
Before establishing our vineyard in Akeno, my father said to me during the harvest at Toriibira Vineyard, "If you hesitate, throw them all away," and that year we only produced one barrel of Merlot. "Cuvée Misawa" is an uncompromising wine, not because it is part of my family business, but it is also the symbolic wine I have always admired and longed to devote myself on with all my heart, when I vowed to become a winemaker.
Selection will take place right after harvest, fermentation is managed by daily tasting, and no press run is used during pressing, but rather the free run that drips naturally from the tanks will go into French oak barrels where it will spend 18-20 months.
At Misawa Vineyard, the wine is matured by variety and harvest lot until just before bottling. Cuvée Misawa is produced from the best blends of the year's lots, such as the Cabernet Franc-dominated 2019 and 2018, the Merlot-dominated 2017, and the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2015. Some vintages, as in 2016 when the weather was not on our side, the wine was not produced. A wine made with the winemaker's meticulous eye, from viticulture to vinification, without disregarding science but at the same time not being too biased towards technology-intensive winemaking, this is Cuvée Misawa.