Tiger Country Tempranillo Petit Verdot Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
The tempranillo is grown at McLeod Creek on Sebbes Road and the petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon are from Rocky Road. Both these vineyards are located in the southern half of the Margaret River wine region. Here, the cold Southern Ocean plays an important role for ripening in the cooler part of autumn. At both sites the soils are granite derived gravels of medium to low fertility. All vines are grown on a single bi-lateral cordon with a vertically trained canopy.
Fermentation occurs in closed tanks using the 'pumpover' technique, where the juice is passed over the skins during the early and mid phases of fermentation. Skins are separated and pressed when colour is achieved and flavour extraction is completed.
The wine is finished and matured in older barrels. The blend is assembled in summer, prior to bottling ahead of the next vintage.
Tasting Notes by Ray Jordan
Varietal heritage is revealed in complex aromas of dark chocolate liqueurs and spicy berry fruit. Starting sweet, firm by mid-palate, the wine finishes in a harmony of chalky tannins and balancing acids.
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