This 2016 boasts a very rich garnet colour. The nose is expressive, opening onto jammy aromas of red fruit such as cherry and strawberry. The palate is ample and full-bodied with a tense, fresh structure. The tannins are rich and tasty, conferring flavour and length to the wine. This is a remarkably balanced vintage with a real force of character.
Given the perfect health of the crop, no sulphites were added after draining the grapes and we performed all vinification with no added sulphur. The juice was very rich in sugar and marvellously fruity, offering a nice balancing acidity. The natural extractability of the polyphenols meant a long maceration time was not necessary. The final blend was selected on 10th January 2017.