2018 Bernard's Cabernets
Hand harvested fruit was destemmed, crushed then soaked for 5 days prior to fermentation using wild yeast in small open vats peaking at 28 degrees C with 7 days maceration on skins post ferment. Pressed to barrel for malolactic
fermentation, and matured in French oak barriques (30% new) for 16 months, and bottled in August 2019.
Mid ruby in colour
Complex aromas of aromas of blood plum, lilac florals, red currant, rose water and cedar oak.
Mid-weighted palate, dominated by juicy red and black fruit notes, and a refreshing tobacco leaf edge. Balanced by a firm but fine tannin backbone, fresh acidity, and elegant, classic, bright red fruit characters.
Drink now or cellar for 5 to 12 years.
Blend & Clones
63% Merlot Q45-14, 8R
23% Cabernet Franc 1334
14% Cabernet Sauvignon CW44