2009 was a superb season memorable for the duration and sunny warmth of its hazy Autumn. Early vine regulation limited crop to just one bunch per shoot which ensured the fruit's natural concentration.After a hands on, open top vinification including hand plunging and delestage, the components were allowed an extended post-ferment maceration. Once complete the batches were settled and run to French oak barriques, just over half of which were new. With 14 months in oak, malolactic fermentation slowly took place enhancing texture and stabilizing the wine's structure. From separate parcels the final blend was assembled, then bottled without fining and only a light filtration.
Available 15th Dec 2013
Deep red in colour and laced with dark aromas of black dorris plum and cigar box. The palate has good intensity, smooth in texture with elegant rounded tannins. Subtle notes of bramble and cranberry lead into an elegant, long finish.
Enjoy now with fillet steak and garlic butter or cellar dark and cool for a decade.
Crossroads Winery - www.crossroadswinery.co.nz