A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Franc.
The 2016 vintage was dry, warm and challenging for many farmers as it was one of the driest years on record. We experienced nothing different for the rest of the year with a few heatwaves as early as late October. The dry weather resulted in healthy berries and vines; however the yield was lower and berries smaller and therefore the wines have a lot of concentration and colour.
The grapes from the four different blocks were hand harvested in the early morning hours and hand sorted in the cellar before pumped through a mash-cooler to the fermentation tanks. The wine was pumped over the skin and punched down 4 times per day for the first part of fermentation and after reaching 12*B only twice a day.
Soil & Terroir
The soil consists of decomposed gravel and sandstone deposits with a clay subsoil resulting in well drained low yielding soil. The aspect is North facing resulting in maximum sun exposure. This allows the berries to ripen perfectly without green herbaceous characters from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
This wine has intense notes of cloves, blackcurrent, leather and cigar box on the nose. The palate has lots of firm tannin, juicy forest berries and a very silky finish.
Alc: 14.4 vol %
Total Extract: 34.8 g/l
Res sugar: 3.6 g/l
T.A: 5.7 g/l
V.A: 0.59 g/l
- 2011 – 4* John Platter/Riscura 91 pts
- 2013 – 4* John Platter/Tim Atkin 87 pts
- 2014 – 4* John Platter/WineMag 92pts
2015 – 4* John Platter
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