From the renowned Gimblett Gravels, this Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend reflects the exceptional 2010 growing season. Delightfully perfumed, this wine shows a textured core of deep, dark fruit purity with underlying spice. Well balanced, it has great length and will evolve beautifully over time.
Pressing Destemmed and crushed: 100%
Cap management: Combination of hand plunging and pumping over Fermentation vessels: Open and closed top fermenters
Fermentation temperature: 30-34 ̊C
Time on skins: 25-30 days
Maturation: 20 months in French barrique; 60% new
Fining: Minimal egg white
Bottled 7 March 2012 Cases produced 350
Cellaring Potential 10+ years
Varieties: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot
Total acidity: 6.32gL
Residual sugar: Nil
The fruit was grown entirely in our Anthony Vidal Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels grape growing district where the soil is made up of relatively recent alluvial deposits of gravel with varying degrees of silt and sand. This naturally free- draining, low vigour site, together with early season crop reduction through “green thinning” and the long, dry growing season of 2010, has produced a wine of international standard displaying impressive intensity, texture and depth of flavour.
“In mouth the wine almost reminds of pinot noir, for the quality and suppleness of the fruit is a delight. There is elegant cassis, clear plum not as dark as some of the other merlots, and even blueberry. The oak is beautifully subtle. The evolving oak approach at Vidal Estate under Hugh Crichton's leadership is great. There is a supple beauty here which reminds me of some of the older wines from Ducru-Beaucaillou. It is not a big wine…it's fractionally 'cooler' than the 2009 Legacy, but here you are paying for real finesse, and total fine claret style. ”