A perfect summer, followed by a warm dry autumn enabled the subsequent grapes to be harvested with excellent flavour development and physiological ripeness.
This wine is made in the same style as the celebrated Claret from Bordeaux, using traditional methods. Fermented naturally in stainless steel tanks, the wine was then matured in French oak barriques (25% new) for two years. The finished product is a blend of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec & 5% Cabernet Franc.
The wine is deep ruby in colour. Its abundant aromas suggest blackberries, dark plums, cassis and mocha, with underlying hints of vanilla, spice, cigar box and game. The palate is rich but muscular, with a backbone of ripe tannins that provide a savoury aftertaste of black olive tapenade. While the wine is full bodied, the Merlot component ensures it remains smooth and succulent, with generous fruit weight.