Estate Bordeaux Blend 2011

HARVEST DATE: 25/3/2011 – 19/4/2011
BRIX @ HARVEST: 22.6 – 25.5
BARREL: 100% Seasoned Oak
T.A: 5.7
PH: 3.85
ALC: 14.5%

Cellar notes
2011 was a relatively cool and late vintage resulting in wines of elegance and finesse. The fruit for this wine is all estate grown, hand harvested and delivered to the winery in impeccable condition. In the winery, the fruit was subjected to rigorous sorting before and after destemming. Due to the cooler vintage the decision was made not to crush, so the fruit was tipped into the vats as whole berries for the fermentation. Approximately 18 separate batches make up this wine, many undergoing a wild fermentation while some were inoculated with selected yeast strains. Each batch was plunged by hand twice daily during fermentation but also with gentle pump overs during the cold soak and after the ferment while the wine rested in contact with the skins before pressing. Un-inoculated malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel before blending and bottling in the following new year.

Tasting notes
The 2011 Man O’ War Bordeaux blend exhibits ripe aromatic notes of dark berry fruits, cocoa and liquorice with complementary floral, spice and coffee characters. The palate is rich and supple with exuberant sweet fruit balanced with fresh natural acidity and fine grained tannins. The fermentation of whole berries in the ferment has promoted the fruitfulness of the vintage and the gentle extraction has resulted in a fine tannin structure. Made of the 5 traditional varieties of Bordeaux; Cabernet franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot and for the first time containing an addition of Syrah to the blend, adding an element of peppery spice and vibrant acidity.