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This is dark-fruited wine and complex wine. Flavours tend towards red fruits, plum, dark cherry and spice. Earthy tobacco and cedar notes add further complexity. The wine is soft and mouth-filling with well-ripened tannins and although approachable as a young wine should continue to develop complexity for many years to come. Decant before serving.
Vineyards and Winemaking
This wine is sourced from the famed “the Terraces” vineyard. This limestone-based vineyard
on the northwest facing hillside at the old Esk Valley winery site in Bay View has long been
known for its ability to make elegant and complex wine. The vineyard planted in Malbec,
Merlot and Cabernet Franc was re-established in 1989 after sitting idle for 30 years. Densely
planted, dry-farmed without irrigation and intensively managed, it was harvested on a single
day and co-fermented as a field blend to capture the true essence of the vineyard.
The individual vineyard parcels were hand-harvested and destemmed to a single 85-year old
concrete fermenter. The fermentation was gently managed with hand plunging and a period
of maceration followed to soften tannins and add complexity. The new wine underwent
malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques and then given a further 18 months ageing.
The wine was then bottled without fining and filtration.