2019 Per Se
Oak Regime: 18 Months in French Oak Barriques, 20% New Oak
"Per Se is an opportunity to show off the great character and purity of Cabernet Franc from our estate vineyards, alongside a small percentage of Merlot. Cabernet Franc is a variety that thrives in our warm sunny climate, and year after year it produces vibrant and elegant wines that are bursting with pure red fruits. The 2019 Per Se is no exception, showing fresh and well defined raspberry, strawberry and red currant aromas, along with savory herbal notes such as rosemary and fresh mint. In the background there are subtle spice and pencil shavings notes, which speak to the wines 18-month maturation in lightly toasted French oak barrels. The palate is medium bodied with a silky texture and fine elegant tannins. The brightness of acidity integrates beautifully with the fresh fruit flavours, and helps to frame a long and refined finish."
Graham Pierce, Winemaker
The 2019 growing season started slowly due to cool weather in April and May, but a very warm June and July quickly made up for any lost growing time. After a warm and dry August, September brought cooler than average weather with intermittent rainfall, which slowed down the harvest for later ripening red grapes. Thankfully favorable weather returned shortly after, and the majority of Bordeaux varieties were harvested in the first two and a half weeks of October.