The grapes came from vineyards planted in 1974 at an altitude of 185 to 195 meters above sea level. New clones were selected and planted in 1999 for enhancement of more typical fruit flavours. The trellised vineyards face southeast to west.
Two specific blocks were hand harvested the first week of March 2012 with sugar levels between 25 and 26°B. The grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for 36 hours. After 36 hours the pulp was inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermentation took place between 18 and 25°C. The wine was pressed at 3°B. MLF (malolactic fermentation) took place in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in 70% French oak barrels and 30% American oak barrels. The wine matured in barrels for 24 months. After maturation alcohol was removed and the wine was prepared for bottling.
The wine is dark purple to black in colour. Flavours of liquorice, white pepper and mulberry are prominent on the nose. On the palate the wine is well rounded with integrated tannins that ensure a well-balanced lingering black berry aftertaste. This wine will compliment game and red meat dishes.
Maturation potential 5-8 years.
|Alcohol||14.53 Vol %|
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