Menzies is made by small lot winemaking maintaining the integrity of each harvest parcel throughout vinification and maturation. The grapes are crushed to small static fermenters and the liberation of colour and tannin is controlled either by plunging the skins, irrigating the fermented wine over the cap or draining all the wine from the skins then flooding it back. Selected parcels were given extended skin contact before pressing. The majority of the oak the wine is matured in are French oak barriques although for this year some well seasoned new American oak hogheads were included. Once the bottling blend was finalised, the wine was given a further six months in oak to harmonise.
The colour displays deep red with crimson shades as the glass is tilted. The nose is powerful cool-climate Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of dark cherry, violets with a hint of sea-spray. The Menzies displays savoury nuances of pimento, cedar and briar which will evolve as this wine matures. The early fruit flavours and sweetness are quickly joined with substantial grainy tannins giving this wine length and presence. This Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon is a pleasure to drink now though it has been made for the long haul and will cellar excellently. Enjoy it with dishes that have rich dark sauces or a well ripened washed rind cheese.
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