Nose

This wine offers intense aromas of dark cherry and strawberry and on the palate there are flavors of raspberry and macerated strawberries with a hint of dark chocolate.

Palate

The mouthfeel has exceptional silkiness and is a result of the unique barrel fermentation. Mature, smooth tannins create a soft, velvety texture while sweet oak notes add breadth and dimension

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested at night and brought to the winery very early in the morning in small bins where they were quickly de-stemmed, but not crushed. Grapes were harvested in this block on 3 different days, due to differences in ripening. By doing this, our winemaker, Ana Diogo-Draper, wanted to achieve distinct layers of fruit and complexity. The wine was cold soaked for five days, and then fermented in two different vessels - open top fermenters and 500 liter French oak puncheons. Fermentation lasted fifteen days and the slow extraction of oak enhanced the body of the finished wine and added depth. About 30% of the final blend was a result of a wild fermentation. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 12 months, and was racked just once prior to blending and bottling.