A delicious wine, giving a first impression of cherries and chocolate with slight cedar wood undertones. Redolent of juicy red berries and spicy oak notes. Soft pliable tannins lend subtle support to the structure of the wine yet are unobtrusive on the succulent palate. A wine to enjoy now. This is perfectly described as a Lifestyle wine.
A wine to enjoy now, yet will age with grace for the next three to five years.
Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo
In The Vineyard
The grapes for this blended wine originate from prime vineyard sites that have been planted with new clonal material. Most of the sites face southwest and do receive supplementary irrigation resulting in optimal ripeness, superbly concentrated flavours and ripe, supple tannins. A clay sub-soil retains essential moisture and the gravelly, granite derived, topsoil allows for effective drainage.
In The Cellar
The Merlot contributes softness and a melange of ripe red fruits that add to the lusciousness of the wine. The Shiraz adds a touch of spiciness and complexity, especially in the elegant finish of this approachable wine, and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Primitivo lift the red berry fruit.
We aged this blend in 3rd and 4th fill French barrels to add to the complexity and softness of this wine. A 30% unwooded portion of the blend was blended for more upfront fruit. These components contribute spicy vanilla notes and wonderful cedar wood complexities on the nose and palate in combination with red berry fruit flavours.