Desirade 2004

Desirade
Desirade

Varietal(s):

80% Merlot
20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaking

The grape varietals were handpicked separately at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavor and freshness. Subsequent processing, fermentation and maturation was carried out seperately for each varietal. Upon crushing, a temperature of 10 °C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact in French oak tanks for 10 days for optimum color and flavor extraction. Upon fermentation, color and character is allowed to develop for a further period of 3 weeks before the wine is transferred to 40% new French oak barrels for 16-22 months. The use of new French oak allows the wine to retain certain flavors and extract tannin from the oak. By using only 40% new oak, the fruits within each varietal are respected and allowed to combine in perfect harmony ensuring truly magnificent flavour and character. Much care and attention is taken in selecting barrels containing maximum flavour and character for use in the final Bordeaux blend.

Winemaker’s comments

A full bodied, bold red with aromas of plums, blackberries and a hint of ripe liquorice. On the palate, there is an explosion of fruit and the harmonoius integration of fruit, oak and tannin is evident. This wine is perfect to drink now however its flavour and tannin profile mean it could mature well in the bottle for a further 7 years.

Food Pairing

This wine is perfectly suited for a range of flavourful meats. We recommend Desirade with duck or a fresh piece of pan-seared foie gras. Tender lamb or sirloin are an easy match.

Awards

Gold Medal - Veritas 2012                                                                                             

Silver Michelangelo International Wine Award 2008

Analysis

Alcohol: 15,80 % v/v

Residual Sugar: 4,1 g/l

Total Acidity: 5,3 g/l

pH: 3,77

Extract: 31,9 g/l

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