The Flagship Petit Verdot 2015
Nature is a fickle mistress. She will tell you a direct lie if she can. But, like most elemental forces, on the rare occasions when she smiles on you, magic happens. We can't predict when nature will favour us with these rare glimpses of perfection, but we can recognise and treat these wines with the respect that true greatness deserves. This is The Flagship.
The good rains in 2014 ensured that the vines had ample reserves after a nice chilly winter. The 2015 season was characterized as long and dry but with no unwelcome heat waves. This caused a long growing season and ensured one of the most intensely flavour vintages in many years. The 2015 vintage will definitely make you sit up and take notice.
The Winemaking Process
Grapes were harvested optimally ripe and hand sorted in the cellar to ensure only the best fruit is used for fermentation. After two days of cold maceration the juice was inoculated with a selected yeast strain. Alcoholic fermentation lasted approximately six days and during that time was pumped over every five hours. Wine was racked off the skins, settled and transferred to barrels where malolactic fermentation took place for three weeks. The wine was then racked and cleaned, and returned to barrels for maturation. During maturation, the wine was racked twice.
Deep and rich exemplifying the robust and intense nature of Petit Verdot. This deep ruby-hued wine offers intense dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours with great fruit purity. It has refreshing acidity and rich, complex savory support. With a succulent and rich mouthfeel coating the mouth for a long after taste of warm spices and dried fruit.
Ready to be enjoyed now with the potential to age further for ten years.
Alcohol Volume (%): 14.65%
Sugar: 2.4 g/L
Acidity: 6.20 g/L