A blend of varietals and vineyards from Cape Mentelle’s Estate, Chapman Brook and Crossroads vineyards alongside standout parcels from selected growers. The majority of these vineyard soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil.
After a sunny and mild September 2014, Margaret River experienced a cool spring all the way to the year end. 2015 brought the driest January on record, on par with 2008 and concluded with some hot days in the mid 30s during the last week. The nights remained cool through summer, favouring delicate floral and red fruit flavours especially.
After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted. Individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 45 days and at the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to barrel following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular racking over a 14-month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected oak barrels, of which 5% were new.
14.0% alcohol, 5.6 g/l total acidity, 3.65 pH
The Real Review
Deepish red colour with a faint tinge of purple. The bouquet initially presents smoked charcuterie aromas, suggesting lots of toasty oak has been employed. It's full-bodied, ripe and elegantly crafted, with fine balance, superb cabernet structure and terrific length. A delicious wine. I cannot remember a better Trinders.