On the palate and nose it shows layered flavours of black cherries, plums, Christmas pudding and a savory element, ending with a glazed red cherry sweetness and a touch of dark chocolate. It has fine fruity tannins, well integrated with the wood tannins. This wine has a minimum aging potential of 15 years, but potentially many more in a good cellar. Decanting is advised.
Vinification & Vineyard:
Due to the diversity of our soils we harvest parts of the same vineyard at different times. All the grapes were harvested between the 18 – 21th
February, except one part of Block 6 that was picked on the 28th
February. All the fruit was hand-picked and sorted in the cellar before
vinification with Anchor 372 yeast. Fermentation takes place at 25-28°C with 3-4 pump-overs and punch downs evenly spread from 06:00 to 22:00. Total maceration including fermentation was 11-15 days after
which we pressed. The older vineyards undertook malo-lactic
fermentation in barrels and the younger vineyard in Stainless Steel
tanks. The wine was racked twice during the barrel maturation time of
16 months. This wine has 30% new oak and the balance 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
Soil & Terroir:
The vineyards are on a North facing slope. The soils are rocky but the10-15% clay gives good water retention ability. One additional water supply, through a drip system, was given during the ripening season of the grapes.
Alc.: 14.04 %
Total Extract: 35 g/l
Res sugar: 4.0 g/l
T.A.: 5.9 g/l
V.A.: 0.57 g/l