2017 Carmenere

Oak Regime:  100% French Oak
Alcohol:  13.5%

"Red cherry, raspberry and cooked strawberry aromas frame this intensely aromatic wine. These are joined by the signature savory notes of Carmenere – black pepper, star anise, and mint. Maturation in French oak barrels has imparted subtle baking spice and vanilla flavours. The palate is rich and warming, and well balanced by the cranberry like fresh acidity. A blanket of fine-grained tannins suggests this wine will continue to drink well over the next 6-8 years."
Graham Pierce, Winemaker

Following a long cold spring and late start to the growing season, the 2017 summer was both warm and dry, resulting in small and highly concentrated berries. A cool August and September followed, which allowed the grapes to retain intense fruit aromatics and fresh natural acidity. Due to the slow cool weather after veraison, each parcel of fruit was allowed along ripening period, leading to impressive flavor and tannin maturity.