Deep red in colour with a youthful purple rim, the nose of this wine is quite expressive with violets, wild blueberry, cedar-smoke, and dark chocolate. Midweight on the palate with fine grained tannins and a lengthy, spice filled finish.
De-stemmed but minimally crushed, the grapes underwent a short cold-soak before undergoing a traditional red wine fermentation using both “rack & return” and pumpovers twice daily. After a total maceration time of 33 days on average, each lot was drained and pressed using a traditional wooden basket press. Racked off coarse solids into barrel, the wine spent the just over one year in barrel without racking or stirring, and underwent a full malo-lactic fermentation. Select barrels were chosen for this wine through a series of blind tastings, then taken off their lees and allowed to integrate together for a short period. This wine was coarse filtered to remove solids at the bottling line, and sealed using a screwcap to minimize bottle variation.
90 Points - “Fielding was one of the stars at this year’s Cuvée awards, having won three gold medals. For my money, it is this Cabernet Franc which offers the best bang for the buck. The dark cherry colour leads into a profile of cassis, raspberries, smoky herbs and violets, which are layered on a medium body. The supple tannins and excellent length gives the wine staying power. Drink now or until 2018. Chapeau to winemaker Richie Roberts!” - Evan Saviolidis, wine writer
Cooperage: 64% French, 27% American Oak and 9% Hungarian
Residual Sugar: 3.0g/l (sugar code=0)
Drinking best between 2012 and 2015.
March 1, 2012
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