The fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard which we now lease and which is named after its owner. The conditions of the 98 vintage were most unusually hot and dry, and at harvest the vines yielded a very small crop (approx. 9hL/ha) of tiny berries which inevitably produced a very dark tannic wine. After fermentation the wine was aged in french barriques (50% new) for 15 months.
The wine is extremely intense in colour with a deep crimson edge. The bouquet is complex, showing raspberries, black berries and black cherries with liquorice, nutmeg and a touch of black pepper. The palate is almost mouthwateringly intense and one immediately notices the fine velvety tannins, followed by meaty, liquorice and blackfruit flavours with a spicy aftertaste and well balanced acidity. It has already started to throw a crust in the bottle so decanting is probably a good idea. This wine has been designated “Amaranth” indicating that we feel it is a particularly interesting prospect for cellaring. Also available in magnums.
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