A beautiful deep crimson color, this wine has a fruity intense nose reflecting ripe plum and strawberries with a hint of vanilla and spice. An elegant Merlot with fruity flavors of red cherries and red berries with medium-soft supple tannins. Overall a well rounded wine that carries some good levels of acidity, and thus is perfect to drink now yet could develop well within the bottle for a further 4 years.
The grapes were handpicked at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavor and freshness. 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. Varying from stainless steel, this approach provides improved color and flavor stability. Upon fermentation, flavour and color is allowed to develop for a period of 4 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, resulting in a fuller mid pallet. By using only 40% new oak, the fruits within the wine are respected ensuring the wine is complex yet settled with great ageing potential.
This wine complements lighter dishes and meats marinated in herbs and spices. Particularly suited for delicately flavoured white meat such as a succulent grilled chicken or tender cut of lamb.