Nose

High intensity of bright cherry fruit and violets perfume.

Palate

Savoury elegance with lots of tension and class. Bright ripe cherry, blackberry and damson with notes of dried herbs, pepper, liquorice, inky graphite, cedar and tobacco leaf. Hints of crushed stone and gunflint adds restraint to the seductively pretty violets fragrance. A multi-layered elegantly structured wine with lively acidity, fine grippy tannins and velvety power underlined by inky mineral graphite. Seamless integration of tight grained, flinty, toasty oak. Drinks perfectly at the time of release yet will gain further bottle age complexity if cellared properly.

Growing Conditions

The soils of this amazing micro-terroir show a first sandy layer reaching to a depth of 120 cm (4’) below the surface, which lies on a second layer of rounded stones with significant contents of calcium carbonate. The soils have very low water retention capacity. - Varietal: Malbec Massal selection / Rootstock. - Year of plantation: 2004. - Training system: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) - Kobber 5 BB Bilateral cordon. - Pruning: spur pruning. - Row orientation: North - South Plantation density: 2.20 x 1.3 (3,461 plants/ Ha). - Irrigation: Drip irrigation.

Winemaking

10% whole clusters Malbec - 3 different harvest dates, between 15th March and 15th April. - 10% Whole clusters from the 1st harvest fermented with native yeasts in 225 L French oak barrels. - 2nd and the 3rd harvest fermented with native yeasts in 225 L French oak barrels. - Punching down and rotation 3 times a day for 4 weeks. - Natural Malolactic fermentation. - Pneumatic pressing. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc - 5-week maceration while: - Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts in 600L oak roll fermenters. - Punching down and rotation 3 times a day for 4 weeks. - Manual pressing in basket press. - Natural Malolactic fermentation in 300 L new Taransaud oak barrels - Ageing for 18 months. - Bottled unfiltered.

Aging

18 months in new French oak barrels.