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 is concentrated and inky with aromatics of dried dark berries and leather on the nose. These notes follow through on the velvety palate with further layers of chocolate covered cassis, nuts, vanilla rooibos and espresso beans. For the 2013 Grand Total Reserve, all the varietals were cropped at one bunch per shoot, achieving under three tons per acre. This result is incredible flavour intensity across all three Bordeaux varietals used – Merlot (58%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Cabernet Franc (17%). The single varietal aging both in barrel (50% new French) and in bottle followed by the careful multi-varietal blending achieves an overall heightened elegance and complexity. The dense concentrated flavours combined with the fine-grained tannins and never-ending finish will satiate even the most discerning palate.
The depth in structure will allow the wine to age comfortably for up to 10 years from the release, under ideal cellaring conditions.