Harvest Notes: Challenging conditions, including extended warm weather and little rainfall, let to a reduced crop in 2016. However, the dry conditions headed vineyards and grapes which were very healthy overall. Vines produced lower bunch masses with smaller berries and concentrated flavors promising good wines.
Vinification: Extensive sorting of grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were de-stemmed only, not crushed, to ensure gentle extraction of fruit flavors. Whole berry fermentation and gentle punch downs ensures extra care in handling of grapes. After basket pressing, the wine matured in 50% new French oak barrels for 16 months, where malolactic fermentation took place.
Tasting Notes: Rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense liquorice and blackberry flavors on the palate and fine, lingering tannins. Optimal aging potential of 5-8 years.
Grapes: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, and 3% Malbec.