Colour: Dark Ruby
Aroma and Palate: Aromas and flavours of dried cranberry, fresh blackberry, black plum open to more complex layers of Liquorice, Star Anise, and savoury notes of Coppa Ham. The palate is dense with juicy tannins and a delectable long finish.
TA: 5.9 g/l
RS: 2.7 g/l
Varieties: 100% Carignan, Wellington W.O.
Ageing potential: Can drink now, but has potential for ageing 10 years
Pair with: Beef brisket, pork roast, bresaola and coppa
1 ton of Carignan grapes were sourced from a vine nursery in Wellington to produce this wine. Originally intended for a blending component, the wine was decided to be too good to blend away and it was bottled as a single barrel bottling.
The grapes were hand harvested in small crates in the early hours of the morning to keep the grapes cool and preserve fresh fruity flavours. Grapes are cooled further overnight in our on-site cold room (3°C) and processed the following day. Bunch and berry sorting is practiced making sure only the best grapes are used in our wines. A very soft destemming action gently rolls intact berries off the stems, preventing the extraction of harsh unwanted phenolics.
The Carignan grapes were de-stemmed to 2 small fermentation vessels for a maceration period of 1-2 weeks. Once spontaneous fermentation sets in, the vessels were inoculated with yeast. Punch-downs were done 3 times a day during fermentation. Post Fermentation, the wine was drained off the skins and lightly pressed by hand.
After settling, the wine was racked to 1 x 500L French Oak Barrels where Malo-Lactic Fermentation took place. The wines were racked and returned once after MLF and then once more during the ageing period. The wine only underwent a light filtration before bottling.