The fruit for this wine was de-stemmed to open fermenters and was allowed to undergo wild fermentation. The batches were plunged three times a day to extract maximum flavour and tannin.
After fermentation the Merlot was allowed to stay on its skins for an additional ten days to further increase its tannin structure, but the Malbec (which is pretty tannic) was pressed at the completion of fermentation. Both batches were then racked off to barrels which were a mixture of French and American and was matured for eighteen months before being blended and bottled.
This blend of Malbec and Merlot gives seductive round fleshy fruit on the palate and nose showing rich plums and some spice. The palate has soft round tannins increasing its drinkability.
FOOD A perfect companion for this wine would be a flavoursome Osso Bucco.
CELLARING With its soft tannins and round fruit this wine is perfect right now but will develop leathery and earthy flavours over ten years.