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 plus from the release, under ideal cellaring conditions.