2020 BDX - Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
56% Malbec, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Petit Verdot, this wine bursts with aromas of lavender and crushed violets. Sweetened spices, cassis, red cherries and mulberries are complemented by more savoury notes of bay leaf, olive tapenade and mocha. The palate is voluminous and soft with a ripe frame of tannins providing structure and length to this deliciously fragrant wine.
We were blessed with near perfect growing conditions in Margaret River in 2020. A warmer than usual Spring, a dry, sunny Summer and cool nights. Significant diurnal temperature variations meant perfect ripening conditions across all of our dry grown vineyards. No disease and virtually no bird pressure (particularly at the start of harvest) meant we were able to pick beautifully clean fruit at ideal ripeness and flavour levels ... A real treat for our winemaking team. The only downside was exceptionally low yields across all varieties. Our dry farmed vineyard responded to the drier seasonal conditions by producing tiny and light bunches with small berries. Consequently, the fruit has incredible concentration and has retained a lovely natural acidity.
All fruit with components with the exception of the Cabernet Sauvignon were destemmed but not crushed into concrete fermenters to retain whole berries and achieve a highly perfumed wine. Extraction was gentle and each batch spent about two to three weeks on skins. Post fermentation, each parcel was gently pressed separately to French oak barriques of which 10% was new. Wines were matured for 15-months before being racked, blended and bottled in Spring 2021.
56% Malbec 23% Cabernet Sauvignon 21% Petit Verdot