2014 Ironclad Bordeaux Blend

2014 was an excellent season with a terrific fruit set followed by a long settled growing season and although our Bordeaux varietals are always some of the last to be picked we avoided any of the late rains that threatened the season.

Components for the Ironclad come from an array of steep hillside vineyards each planted in one of the five traditional varieties of Bordeaux.  After careful hand harvesting the fruit is delivered to the winery and then put across a sorting table before being 100% de-stemmed and delivered to open vats for fermentation.

All of our red ferments undergo fermentation with wild yeasts with pump overs being carried out twice daily. Following an extended time on skins (average 35days in vat) the wines are gently pressed and taken straight to barrel for natural malolactic fermentation in the spring.

The wines are racked once to a blend after 18 months before further maturing in tank for 3 months prior to bottling.

Ironclad 2014 has an abundance of red and black berry fruit with oriental spices and classic earthy notes. On the palate the wine is generous with a soft texture and fine integrated tannins. Traditionally released with 3 years of bottle age the Ironclad 2014 will develop wonderful nuances with secondary characters of rubbed meat, soy and forest floor developing over time.