This old-World style red displays rich dark red fruit aromas including blackcurrant, ripe cherries, hints of cassis and subtle dark chocolate spice. These aromas are also experienced on the palate and are accompanied by sweet tobacco and Christmas cake characters. This wine has a well-integrated tannic structure showing elegance and lengthy finish.
The vineyard is planted on a Southeast-facing slope and the roots burrow deep into well weathered granites soils. The grapes were handpicked at 25° balling early in the morning. The grapes were stored in the cold room overnight. The next day they were hand sorted and gently destemmed before being pumped into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes underwent a 72-hour cold soak before the temperature was lifted to stimulate fermentation. Open fermenter tanks are filled with whole berries and it allows for a slow extraction of tannins and an intense fruit driven profile. Punch downs are done by hand to ensure delicate tannins in this wine. The fermentation lasted 12 days. After fermentation, extended maceration on the skins is allowed for 2 weeks. Extended maceration allows the components to mesh and achieve greater harmony. Tanks were gently pressed, and the free run wine was racked into 5000 L wooden barrels for 6 months to extract light notes of wood characters. All cultivars were matured separately before being blended, fined, stabilized and bottled.