Winemaking: Hand-picked fruit is destemmed without crushing and elevated into small open fermenters. The must is left un-inoculated for 2-3 days. When fermentation is observed cultured yeast is added. Fermentation temperatures peak at around 32°C and during fermentation the cap is plunged up to 3 times per day. 2-3 days after fermentation is complete, the must is gently pressed and transferred into French Oak Bariques and Puncheons (25% New, 75% second third and fourth use) where it undergoes MLF before winter. The wine is racked once in the spring and put back to barrels for further ageing. It is racked again in early February for bottling in December 2017.
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Nose: Complex aromas of cherry, plums and red berry fruits leap out of the glass with hints of fresh garden herbs, floral notes and spices.
Palate: The entry is soft with a delightful cherry and red fruit character and builds in the middle palate with the subtle addition of spice. Mouth filling and fleshy the soft sweet fruit and firm tannins linger on the finish. This very nicely balanced wine will be best enjoyed over the next five years.