Windy growing and ripening periods resulted in smaller berries, which lead to good concentration of both, colour and flavour making 2020 an exceptional year for red wines.
All the grapes were harvested by hand. The different vineyard blocks were vinified and kept separate for the entire maturation period. The grapes were crushed and immediately set to fermentation. Pump-overs 4 times a day with punch downs. Extended post maceration was done resulting on the wine being 30 days on the skin. This allows the wine to produce softer, more approachable tannins. The wine was pressed into French oak barrels and left for aging for 12 months before blending and bottling took place.
Soil & Terroir
The soil consists of 10% clay with the balance medium sand to coarse gravel on a North-Western slope for 2 of the blocks. The row direction is 45° West of North. Block 4 is on a flatter piece with substantial rocks. Block 8, our only South facing block, is planted in coarse gravel. Water management is done by drip irrigation.
The BRS shows notes of upfront black and red berry fruits and hints of spice develop in the glass as the wine opens. On the palate the wine is smooth with a juicy tannin structure yet noticeable for such a youthful wine. The finish is long and savory with a touch of pepper spice at the end. Enjoy this wine now or age it up to 10 years.
Alc: 13.34 vol%
Total Extract: 28 g/l
Res sugar: 2.2 g/l
T.A: 6.3 g/l
V.A: 0.54 g/l
Bottled: June 2021
- 2011 – 4* John Platter/ Wine Enthusiast 89pts
- 2012 – 4* John Platter/ Wine Enthusiast 88 pts
- 2013 – 4* John Platter/ Wine Enthusiast 88pts
- 2014 – 4* John Platter/ Tim Atkin 87pts
2015 – 4* John Platter
2016 – 4* John Platter
Braised Oxtail, chimichurri spice, any game dishes, Lamb tangines.