Estate Bordeaux Blend 2012
HARVEST DATE: 29/03/2012 – 22/04/2012
BRIX @ HARVEST: 23.5 – 26.0
BARREL: 100% Seasoned French Oak
BLEND: 47% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 was challenging for the Bordeaux varieties. Due to the long ripening period, flavour development was excellent however the cool summer inhibited tannin development and so managing tannin extraction was critical in creating balanced wines. We believe we excelled in reaching this balance and are extremely happy with the resulting wine. The fruit for this wine is all estate grown and hand harvested, where it was subjected to rigorous sorting following arrival to the winery. Depending on the vineyard or variety the berries were then either crushed and/or must pumped to the vat where they underwent a pre ferment soak for 4 days. Each variety, vineyard and block, approximately 25 for this wine, were fermented as separate batches, undergoing wild fermentation. Each batch was plunged or pumped over twice daily during fermentation and left for an extended time on skins (total cuvasion of 28 days is typical). Prior to pressing and going to barrel where the malolactic fermentation takes place in the following spring. After 18 months in barrel the wine is blended and held in tank for a further 5 months prior to bottling.
The wine is deep garnet-purple in colour with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis with hints of floral perfume, clove, Mediterranean herbs and cedar. The palate is vibrant with good concentration and supple approachable tannins. The 2012 Man O’ War Bordeaux exudes ripe red berry fruits, a hint of spice and a long persistent finish that is engaging in its youth but will reward cellaring for 3-5 years from release.