2016 Dominique Portet Cabernet Sauvignon
The blend comprises 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Merlot. We picked the grapes by hand, bringing in the Cabernet Sauvignon on 29th February, our earliest yet. The fruit was sorted on our state-of-the-art sorting line, then destemmed and gently crushed. The wine spent three weeks on skins all up, in order to develop structure and a silky texture while still at peak freshness. It was then aged in French oak (35% new) for 14 months. It then spent two months in tank to fully integrate before being bottled on our new bottling line in July 2017. This key addition to our winery reduces oxygen pick-up and preserves the fruit’s lovely aromatics.
95 Points, Gary Walsh- Winefront