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.
The 2015 vintage was an early one, providing fruit forward wines with
soft tannins. The winter of 2014 was wet which allowed good soil water
retention, but the coolness of winter and spring delayed growth initially.
Rain in November as the season warmed created some disease
pressure, but this dissipated heading into December. Rain during end
January and beginning February with subsequent warm weather
afterwards caused very fast ripening of the grapes and thus sped up
the harvesting. We managed to pick our grapes at an optimum level of
ripeness, with great colour intensity and ideal phenolics.
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