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Made in an open ready to drink style the Estate blend is a perfect accompaniment to roasted and grilled red meats and, although accessible in its youth, the Estate blends have a proven ability to age. The 2016 Estate Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec is a vibrant perfumed blend displaying classic aromas of Cabernet franc.
13% Petit Verdot, 15% Malbec, 23% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Franc
25% New French Oak
15th March- 11th April 2016
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2016 was challenging for the Bordeaux varieties. Due to the long ripening period leading up to January flavour development was excellent however the wet weather in the New Year inhibited tannin development and so managing tannin extraction was critical in creating balanced wines. We believe we excelled in reaching this balance and are extremely happy with the resulting wine.
All the fruit was rigorously selected in the vineyard by hand harvesting and was again sorted in the winery before gentle destemming and transfer to open top fermenters. Ferments are wild and are managed by pump overs twice a day, vigorous during ferment and then gentle in the weeks post ferment. After 30 days in vat the reds are pressed off to barrel and undergo a wild malolactic in the spring. After 15 months in barrel the wines are blended and bottled on site.
The 2016 vintage has lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis with hints of floral perfume, clove, Mediterranean herbs and cedar. The palate is vibrant with good concentration and supple approachable tannins.