Production – 50 dozen / 600 Bottles – limited release.
Colour: Deep red with purple hues.
Nose: Intense raspberry and perfumed floral high notes married with hints of blackcurrant and dark fruit jubes on the nose.
Palate: Juicy, mouth filling, ripe dark forest fruits with a red berry acidity supported by subtle spicy cedar, complimented by silky soft tannins providing a long and elegant finish. A wonderful example of this versatile variety.
Harvest: The grapes were picked on March 9th.
Vinification: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning then placed in open fermenters where the must was innoculated with a neutral yeast and fermentation began. The cap was hand plunged four times a day in the early stages of the ferment, to extract colour and tannin. After 10 days the wine was left on the skins for extended maturation. The free run juice was drained and the fermented grapes were basket pressed. The wine then under-went a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid and racked to a mix of 50% new & 50% one and two year old French barriques where it matured for 12 months. The Cabernet Franc was bottled in July 2017. Can be enjoyed now or will age gracefully to 2019.
Technical Data: Alc. 13.6 % pH 3.6 TA 6.48 g/l
2018 Vintage: Flowering and fruit set in October and November indicated fantastic yields and our loamy soils benefited from rains in December which promoted excellent growth and lush canopies. January and February were cool without the 40°C heat spikes and this assisted steady ripening, producing bright white acids, aromatics and good flavours. The slower ripening has resulted in superb whites with excellent flavour profiles and natural acidity. An outstanding white vintage with good yields. The reds also benefited from the cooler ripening with better colour development and riper, softer tannins.
Vintage Rating 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
New Release October 2019