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Adrian believes when it comes to Bordeaux varieties, the sum is greater
than its parts. Cabernet Sauvignon provides the tannin, length and
structural backbone, Merlot contributes 'the fuzzy ball of fruit' in the
mid-palate, Cabernet Franc provides fragrant red fruits and savouriness.
Petit Verdot adds perfume and acid line and Malbec gives dark fruits and
overall roundness to the finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon was crushed and de-stemmed whereas the other four
varieties incorporated more whole berries. During fermentation, the
timing and combination of pump-overs, "rack and returns", pigeage and
plunging was to preserve aromatics and perfume yet extract adequate
tannins for structure and length, depending on the variety.
Post-fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon was held on skins for a further
15 days than the other varieties. All wines were pressed to French oak
barriques (25% new) for a 15 month elevage.
The 2018 Cuvée de Chez consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot
(18%), Petit Verdot (9%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Malbec (7%).
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