Gentle Giant 2008

Gentle Giant 2008

SOURCE:
The grapes for this years blend were sourced from Haut Espoir and a neighbouring farm.
WEATHER:
Prior to ripening, the conditions were cool and dry, leading to development of excellent flavours on the vine.
HARVESTING:
The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on various dates from February to April, and transported back to the cellar under cold conditions to retain freshness.
CULTIVARS:

32% Merlot; 29% Syrah; 25% Petit Verdot; 9% Cab Franc; 5% Cab Sav

VINIFICATION:
A total of 5 cultivars were used in this blend, using a combination of French and Hungarian Oak Barrels, as well as tank fermentation. Kept separate for 18 months until final blending, it can be enjoyed now or aged further for a few years.
TASTING NOTES:
Warm spices dominate the nose, the pallete is smooth and rich with ripe berries and crushed black pepper.
FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT:

This Blend may be enjoyed with a wide variety of occasions and cuisines.

TECHNICAL ANAYSIS:
pH 3.8
Alcohol 13.5%
Total acid 5.2 g/l
Residual Sugar 3.5g/l
PRODUCTION:
950 x 12-bottle cases
WINEMAKER:
Rob Armstrong
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