PEGASUS BAY MERLOT / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016

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PEGASUS BAY MERLOT / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 is available to buy in increments of 1
40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec & 5% Cabernet Franc
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"This wine is made in the same style as the celebrated Claret from Bordeaux, using traditional methods. After being picked in May, the grapes began fermentation naturally in stainless steel tanks. During this process the juice was regularly drained and sprayed back over the cap of floating grape skins (rather than plunging), to ensure a perfect tannin balance was extracted from the fruit. The wine was then gently pressed off and put into French oak barriques (25% new). The following summer, when the weather warmed, it underwent a natural malo-lactic (secondary) fermentation. After maturing in oak for 2 years, the various batches were then carefully blended in varying portions to produce the most complex and balanced wine possible. The finished product is a blend of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet, 15% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc.

The wine is deep ruby in colour. Its abundant aromas suggest blackberries, dark plums, cassis and mocha, with underlying hints of vanilla, spice, cigar box and game. The palate is rich but muscular, with a backbone of ripe tannins that provide a savoury aftertaste of black olive tapenade. While the wine is full bodied, the Merlot component ensures it remains smooth and succulent, with generous fruit weight."
5 Stars & 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan, May 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Full, even, near impenetrable black-hued purple-ruby colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly concentrated with bright and vibrant primary fruit aromas of dark-red berry fruit and dark plums, harmoniously melded with soft notes of blackberries and blackcurrants, some fragrant redcurrants, lifted red floral elements and a little spice. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a refined and concentrated core of bright and lively primary fruit flavours of dark-red berryfruit, dark plums, subtle notes of black and redcurrants and fresh, whole-berry fermentation nuances. The fruit has plenty of drive and linearity, and is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction lending structure and grip. The fruit carries to an elegant, black-fruited finish. This is a refined Merlot and Cabernet based blend with ripe dark berry and plum fruit with some primary and whole berry ferment lift, on a vibrant palate with fine structure. Serve with grilled and roasted red meats and Mediterranean fare over the next 6+ years. A blend of 40% each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc, the fruit from vines over 30 y.o., largely ungrafted, and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 2 years in 25% new French oak barriques."


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