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Fruit is hand-harvested and crushed into small open fermenters. The cap is plunged by hand three to four times a day to get gentle extraction of fine-grained and silky tannins. After fermentation the wine is run off into French oak barrels, 25% being new, for 18 months maturation. The wine is pumped into tank prior to bottling and again minimal fining (egg white) and filtration is carried out.
Medium to dark red colour.
Red plum fruit characters dominate the nose, and are backed by some typical Merlot creaminess, and subtle French oak.
The plum fruit notes fill the front palate and are backed by subtle charry French oak notes. The fine-grained tannins combine with a firm acid backbone to give a beautiful structure to frame the vibrant fruit. The finish is fresh and surprisingly long, leaving the flavours to linger in your mouth.
Drink now or cellar for up to 10+ years.
96pts — Halliday Wine Companion
"Bright, clear crimson-purple; the assertion only made in the best vintages' is routinely overused (and hence untrue). Here is an exception, a wine with all the fragrance and finesse merlot should have, the red fruits supported by flawless silky tannins, high-quality French oak in the background."
– James Halliday Wine Companion 2018