This blend is sourced from five of our loyal growers with vineyards in the Barossa-sub regions of Bethany, Krondorf and Tanunda. It is this tapestry of ‘terroirs’ which enables us to create our house style of Barossa Cabernet Merlot with lifted aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant and plum accompanied by chocolate and dark berry fruits on the palate. The finish is long with fine-grained tannins from eighteen months maturation in both new and seasoned oak barrels.
The grapes were destalked (separating berries from the bunch) and placed uncrushed into small stainless steel open fermenters. A cultured yeast was used to start the fermentation and the tanks were hand plunged spending 7 days on skins at 28° C. The skins were gently pressed in the JLB Vaslin Bucher press and the wine spent 18 months in French oak hogsheads (300l).
Review by: Tony Love, taste.com.au
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars 'Decent drop'Value: AbsolutelyFood: CheesesMore information: chateautanunda.com for the fulle article click here: http://www.taste.com.au/news+features/articles/6249/understanding+wine+blends