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Casas del Bosque
Estate Selection Family Reserve

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Estate Selection Family Reserve

Casablanca Valley
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91% Syrah
9% Pinot Noir

On arrival at the winery all grapes were first subjected to a whole cluster selection. This was followed by destemming (without crushing) and then an individual berry selection before being gravity fed to small stainless steel tanks. A 6 day cold soak (at 5ºC/41ºF) followed after which time the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 15 days (with temperatures peaking at 28ºC/82ºF). During fermentation the tanks were gently punched-down by hand in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 12 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 33 days total skin contact). The wine was then pressed off skins and put to 100% new French oak barrels for 20 months during which time it was racked twice: once when it was first sulphured (following the completion of malolactic fermentation) and then once again shortly before bottling. The bottled wine was then carefully matured for six months in our cellar prior to release.

Tasting Note
Medium violet in colour. On the nose lifted notes of red currant, bramble and cedar intermingle with just a hint of sweet cinnamon. In the mouth rich notes of rum & raisin, leather and black cherry give way to a touch of bitter chocolate on the finish. Rich, silky tannins combine effortlessly with a fresh acidity and abundant mineral notes leading to an elegant, layered finish.

Serving Suggestions
Estate selection can be appreciated on its own as a powerful meditation wine. It will find its perfect match in lamb steak flavoured with rich herbs and light spices.

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