DESIRADE 2013

$31.90

A full bodied, bold red with aromas of plums, blackberries and a hint of ripe liquorice. On the palate, there is an explosion of fruit and the harmonoius integration of fruit, oak and tannin is evident. This wine is perfect to drink now however its flavour and tannin profile mean it could mature well in the bottle for a further 7 years.

VARIETALS

80% Merlot 
20% Cabernet Sauvignon

WINEMAKING

The grape varietals were handpicked separately at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavor and freshness. Subsequent processing, fermentation and maturation was carried out seperately for each varietal. Upon crushing, a temperature of 10 °C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact in French oak tanks for 10 days for optimum color and flavor extraction. Upon fermentation, color and character is allowed to develop for a further period of 3 weeks before the wine is transferred to 40% new French oak barrels for 16-22 months. The use of new French oak allows the wine to retain certain flavors and extract tannin from the oak. By using only 40% new oak, the fruits within each varietal are respected and allowed to combine in perfect harmony ensuring truly magnificent flavour and character. 

STORY

Marianne Wine Estate presents rich, nuanced food wines with exemplary aging potential, making them suitable for wine collectors. The wines are also prepared to display full fruit and tightly integrated tannins upon a vintage's initial release. This careful balance ensures a fantastic drinking experience immediately, and a wine that will improve with age in the bottle for at least the next ten years.

FOOD PAIRING

This wine is perfectly suited for a range of flavourful meats. We recommend Desirade with duck or a fresh piece of pan-seared foie gras. Tender lamb or sirloin are an easy match.

DETAILS

Alcohol: 15%

Volume: 75cl

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