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.
For the 2015 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 (61%), Cabernet Franc (22%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (17%). Each varietal was aged in 83% new French barriques for 22 months followed by a further 10 months bottle aging. Blending allow us to use the very best characteristics of these varieties to consistently produce this reserve style.
This wine has great depth and concentration of flavours, with aromatics of espresso beans, dark chocolate, tobacco leaves and dusty earth. A wine possessing silky tannins and a velvety palate provides layers of flavours from dates, cassis, leather, eucalypt and venison. 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.
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. A wine that will reward you when cellared but that it is also very enjoyable right now!