91 Points Christian Eedes
The artist walked out of his usual restaurant in town where he had been joking and arguing, bragging and lamenting with friends. But now, he longed for his refuge and respite. The place with the protruding rocks, red sands and nebulous light - hidden just above the famed vineyard. Only here was his mind cleared of all small things.
A classic example of this noble variety with concentrated fruit, bold structure and the ability to age well. Intense cherry colour with a full bouquet of cassis, black berries, pencil shavings, liquorice, subtle oak and hints of mint. The palate is dense with concentrated flavours of dark fruit combining with elegant tannins to create a well-balanced wine with a long finish.
Although very dry, the ripening season leading up to the 2016 harvest provided excellent conditions for optimal ripeness and flavour development that resulted in exceptional fruit concentration and elegance in the wines of this vintage.
Fermentation and Ageing:
This wine was fermented in open tanks with pump overs and punch downs being performed four times daily to extract all possible flavours from the berries. After alcoholic fermentation the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 18 months ageing in 30% new French oak barrels.
Best with beef, lamb and game dishes.