Tribute to Henri Matisse 2012

A red blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz

SOIL

Decomposed granite soils ensure a slow ripening period and contribute to the mineral complexity of the wine.

TASTING NOTES

A chorus of ripe red berries on the nose. Intense and lively but balanced, a spectrum of darker fruits – cherries, cassis, and a splash of blackcurrant – introduces itself richly to the palate.

VINIFICATION

The vineyard blocks were hand-harvested at optimal ripeness, in small lugs, and pre-cooled to 10°C before de-stemming. The grape bunches were hand sorted before de-stemming. Berry selection and sorting by both machine and hand ensured that only healthy and fully coloured berries were selected. After 3 to 4 days of cold soaking in stainless steel or small 500kg wood fermenters, the fermentation process began. A component of natural fermentation occurred, especially on the Merlot. The fermentation and maceration on the skin took up to 30 days. Malolactic fermentation was completed in French oak with further barrel maturation of up to 30 months, allowing the wine to slowly develop to its full potential. Final barrel and blend selection was done at 24 months before aging for another 6 – 8 months. During this maturation process, regular selection tastings took place and only the best barrels were selected for the final blend.

SERVING SUGGESTION

This wine loves a premium cut of free-range beef, especially sirloin, rump or rib-eye. It also pairs well with slow cooked free-range beef and organic vegetable stews. This beautiful, powerful wine can be enjoyed on its own.

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