Varietals (%’s): 87% Merlot; 13% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appearance: Rich plum red.
Aroma: Blackcurrant, plum and redcurrant fruits combine with notes of coffee grounds, vanilla, dark chocolate, cedar and thyme.
Palate: Plush red and black fruit characters at the fore lead into a more structural back palate showing structural red earth tannins, woody herbs and black olive savouriness.
Oak detail: 18 months maturation in a combination of new (25%) and seasoned French oak barriques – using a selection of Bordeaux coopers.
Cellaring: Tannins are sufficiently integrated to allow for immediate drinking, however will continue to develop and evolve over the next 10 years.
Alcohol volume: 14.5%
Acidity: ph 3.6; TA 5.8g/L
Residual sugar: 0.4g/L
Awards & Reviews:
94pts: "This is a merlot worth putting in the cellar. It’s both a structured and well-fruited merlot though the easiest way to describe it is: it’s impressive. It boasts a serious amount of tannin, perhaps a little too much for some, but the combination of fruit-and-oak is there to match it step for step. Plenty of development potential." Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, January 2020.