Ageing : Excellent fruit and wood integration with firm but juicy tannins that will allow this wine to age beautifully.
About the harvest: The selection process for this special cuvé already started with the identification of the specific vineyards and working at it with special care from pruning right through to harvesting ensuring a low yield (approximately 5 tons per hectare) and premium quality. The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness approximately 27° Balling (Brix).
In the cellar : After de-stemming and slight crushing the mash was taken to open fermentation tanks where traditional wine making methods are still implemented. During fermentation the temperature was regulated between 25° – 28° C and the cap regularly wetted by the traditional method of pushing the skins down into the must manually every two hours. This together with pumping-over of the must onto the skins allows the colour and flavour to be extracted very effectively. It took five days to ferment dry and was then left on the skins for another day before racking and pressing. After malolactic fermentation started the wine was transferred to new 300 liter French oak barrels where it was left to mature for eighteen months. 3% Viognier of the 2011 vintage was blended in just before bottling.