The nose starts out intense, with balsamic notes and aromas of cocoa, caramel, and vanilla, combined with fruity nuances reminiscent of cherry and strawberry. Swirling in the glass enhances these fruity hints. The wine’s freshness is brought out with liquorice overtones along side wonderfully expressive notes of Virginia tobacco.
On the palate, this wine is full-bodied and silky, with round, delicate and smooth tannin mid-palate.The long finish is redolent of very ripe red fruit. A very rich wine that is guaranteed to please!
The budburst was within the norms; 11 April for the Merlot and 14 April for the Cabernet Franc. Mid-flowering took place on 28 May for the Merlot, 1 June for the Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 June for the Cabernet Franc. The wet conditions didn’t affect the flowering which was dense and homogenous. ‘Veraison’ took place between 30 July and 8 August depending upon the varietal. The extremely dry conditions during the summer halted growth prematurely. The harvest was drawn out, lasting from 10 September to 11 October. The grapes reached optimum ripeness thanks to the dry summer weather and the good weather conditions at the end of the season. This meant that each plot could be picked just as it reached perfect maturity. Overall, the harvest was extremely healthy.
Ruby red colour, characteristic of its youth.