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Little Eagle Red 2012

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Wine Analysis:
Alcohol: 13.50 vol% Sugar: 2.9 g/l TA: 5.8 g/l PH: 3.53    

Production:

The vineyard aspects range from east to north, and are perfectly positioned for these Bordeaux varieties.  All grapes were hand picked, de-stalked and crushed into medium sized open top fermenters.  Punch-downs and pump-overs were performed three to four times per day, these practices being determined by twice daily tastings by the winemaker.  This ensured that at all times the fermenting must evolved to embody the desired style. The fermentation temperature was controlled between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius.  Fermentation took 9 days to complete, after which the free run wine was drawn off and the skins were pressed in a 3.5 ton pneumatic bag press. The wine was then racked into first, second and third fills barrels where malo-lactic fermentation took place.  Six different cooperages were used, each specifically chosen to complement the different nuances of this very complex wine.  During maturation, the wine was racked twice.  After 16 months in barrel selected barrels were racked to tank and blended to create a harmonious finished product.  A light filtration preceded bottling in February 2014.

This wine is reminiscent of Right-Bank Bordeaux. The colour is deep plum with a deep garnet rim. The nose explodes into an array of black berry fruit, raspberries, and red cherries, later showing hints of mocha and coffee.

Technical notes:

This was the 2nd & 3rd vintage from 5 & 6 year old vines. The vineyards aspects ranged from east to north; perfectly positioned for these Bordeaux grapes, that were hand-picked, de-stalked & crushed into medium-sized open-top fermenters. Punch-downs or pump-overs were done 3-4 times a day, as determined by twice daily tastings by the winemaker. This ensured that fermentation was controlled according to the desired style. The temperatures were controlled: 24-30°C & fermentation took 12 days.

Description: This classic Bordeaux blend has been made to be both sumptuous and accessible. Delicious aromatic notes reminiscent of rich fruit cake dominate this wine.  Juicy fruit opulence and a wisp of pepper spice give the wine a savoury finish and is telling of the grapes origins on our steep rocky slopes. The wine displays mouth watering velvety tannins and a delicious full palate weight. This wine is ready to drink now and will improve with correct cellaring up to 2020.
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