Savoury, spicy and elegant, a lovely blend of fresh fruits and leafy earthiness.
Impressively muscular whilst still being able to purvey nuance. This is both a function of the year, of which the hallmark was big but balanced reds, and the multi varietal blend of this wine. The aromas and flavours upon opening the bottle appear brooding and savoury. Lots of cedar, mushroom, nutmeg and baked capsicum. Over time a second wave of more fruity characters emerge matched with a distinctly bright, fresh acidity, rhubarb, pomegranate and raspberry. The mid palate has a rich, juiciness about it evoking images of plums and creme de cassis. Classic chalky Cabernet tannins grip early and thrust through the entire palate keeping check on the roundness of the fruit. Powerful yet balanced with a whole lot of cellaring potential.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to open fermenters. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation, the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and old French oak to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
Chester Osborn & Jack Walton
'Garage wines' is a term used to describe wines that are produced in the back sheds of French winemakers, who make small batch wines of the highest quality. Our galvanized, corrugated 'garage' was built in 1927 and still houses the traditional equipment used in the handcrafting of this wine.
Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards - Best Value 2018
Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show, 2017
90, Double Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards - Best Value, 2017
90, Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards, 2017
90, Halliday Points
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