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Commanding and complex, the Grand Total Reserve is a cellar-worthy wine that is the pinnacle of our Bordeaux program. Like previous vintages, it continues to offer a well-balanced wine in a robust yet refined style that “big red” connoisseurs have come to covet from us year after year.
This wine has great depth and concentration of flavours, with aromatics of cassis, prunes and Christmas cake on the nose. A wine possessing silky tannins and a velvety palate provides layers of flavours from chocolate covered nuts and anise to leather and menthol finishing with notes of espresso beans. The multi-varietal blending and additional aging both in barrel and in bottle achieve a heightened elegance and complexity overall. The never-ending finish will satiate even the most discerning palate.
For the 2014 Grand Total Reserve, all the varietals were cropped at one bunch per shoot, achieving under three tons per acre. This result in incredible flavour intensity across all three Bordeaux varietals used – Merlot (42%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) and Cabernet Franc (25%). The single varietal aging both in barrel (22 months in 70% new French oak) and 10 months in bottle followed by the careful multi-varietal blending achieves an overall heightened elegance and complexity.
The structure is dense and fine grained, and will allow the wine to age comfortably for 10 years from vintage date, under ideal cellaring conditions.
The 2015 Reserve Chardonnay is a wine that delivers luxurious finesse wrapped around a lovely linear core of acidity.
To craft this wine, the best blocks of fruit were hand harvested and each clone was kept separate before being gently pressed with a percentage of the juice having a short amount of skin contact. The free run juice was racked to 100% French oak barrels for fermentation and the lees were stirred bi-weekly to achieve more creaminess and texture as well as greater complexity. We only used 30% of new oak for just a hint of barrel toast throughout. Subtle notes of baking spices, cashews weave through the layers of intense flavours of fig and ripe melon with a hint of complexing flint notes. On the palate is rich, honeyed, and textural with a lengthy finish.
This is an exceptional Chardonnay that will age beautifully for the next five to ten years from release date.
With a deeper concentration of flavours than the previous vintage, combined with a richly layered mouthfeel and a lingering finish, the 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir is a knockout!
To produce our premium tier Pinot Noir, the best sections of Pinot Noir blocks at our Desperation Hill Vineyard were hand-harvested before a portion was 100% destemmed with whole berries sorted through the Pellenc while the remaining batches were left as whole bunches. Throughout the winemaking process, the clones are kept separate and the final blend is comprised of clones 828 (20%), 667 (10%), 115 (35%) and 91 (35%).
This elegant and delicate wine has a deep red colour especially for the variety. Once more our Reserve Pinot Noir recalls B.C.’s Coastal Rainforests – moss on trees and blackberry bramble. Aromas of red and dark fruits overlaid with complexing notes of earthiness, sweet spices, and a hint of barrel toast. The palate weight is dense and round delivering a plush mouthfeel that continues to please with characteristics of black forest cake and dried Stella cherries and a subtle savory flavour.
This Pinot will continue to develop beautifully 5 years plus from release. With patience and proper cellaring, you will be well rewarded!
Jeff and Niva Martin come from the Riverina area of Australia, and have been involved with grape growing and wine making since early childhood.
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