Standout parcels from selected growers. This wine captures the multifaceted complexity of this traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The vineyards are planted mostly with original selections. VSP trained and pruned in a combination of double canes and permanent cordons, depending on the sites and orientation.
Winter provided average rainfall and spring delivered beautiful warm, dry conditions, perfectly setting up vintage 2016. A warm start to summer in January gave good fruit set and crop predictions. An unseasonal single rain event in late January delivered adequate soil moisture for full maturity in the red varieties.
Picking is decided by tasting on site and the fruit is harvested in small batches in the coolest hours of the morning. At the crush pad, the fruit is quickly destemmed, chilled and cold soaked for a few days in closed top stainless fermenters of small and medium size. Basket presses are exclusively used and malo-lactic fermentations take place in barrel of which 5% are new. The wine ages in barrels 16 to 18 months depending on the batches before being blended and bottled after a nominal filtration. Bottles were aged a further 10 months in our cellars before the first release.
14.5% alc., 6g/l total acidity, 3.63pH.