The wine was allowed a period of extended skin contact before being pressed and transferred to French oak barrels to complete the secondary malolactic fermentation. Once MLF was completed, the wine was racked off lees, fined and then then transferred back to fine-grained French oak barrels (33% new, 66% 2 – 3 year old) for a period of 18 months oak maturation.
On the palate it is a very luscious, rich wine with ripe blackcurrant characters, along with hints of crushed violet petals and subtle oak characters of cedar and fresh tobacco. There is an understated power to the wine, with layers of complexity building across the palate and then finishing elegantly with long, fine tannins. It is a generous, mouth filling wine yet retains poise and the elegance of great Cabernet Sauvignon.