Cool Western Cape grapes
Devised in Sweden by cousins David Sommestad and Adam Malmnäs, Cognato is produced in the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa. Grapes are grown on bushes close to the ocean on the Cape’s cool, dry, coastal region. This assures a long, cool growing season and rewards drinkers with some top wines.
Making Cognato White
Grapes picked at full ripeness are de-stemmed. Gentle pressing separates the juice. It settles overnight. It’s inoculated with cultured yeast and ferments at temperatures of between 12 °C and 14°C. This allows for long slow fermentation process. Which all adds mouthfeel. A further 3 weeks on the lees after fermentation adds complexity. Finally, careful gentle removal of the alcohol with a vacuum spinning cone process. No alcohol, integrity of the wine intact.