A wine must exhibit exceptional characteristics and correct varietal definition before it achieves the status of the RESERVE mantle. The selection process is very stringent and each varietal may not necessarily succeed in reaching this status every year.
Typically, Block 2B on our Estate Vineyard offers the best Cabernet Sauvignon, but recent soil amelioration programs have seen other contenders emerge. A hint: look for the release of Blocks 4C and 4D Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2014 harvest.
Chardonnay (2012, 2013) and Viogner (2013) parcels have made an appearance recently but our Winemaker, Chris Cameron, is most excited about the release of the 2013 Reserve Merlot. Broken Earth is fast gaining a reputation for Merlot and this wine will certainly “seal the deal”.
Reserve Past Vintages
Once consumed, this wine dillydallies on the palate with no particular place to go.
Maturation in French oak barriques has provided framework for an already dense core of fruit and built a wine of sophistication that will age well over the next decade.
Powerful in its youth this wine has extraordinary aromatics, fruit presence and structural tannins which will develop as the wine matures.
Black currant, licorice and dill show on the nose. Black plum and black cherry fruits meld with savoury herb flavors of oregano and thyme on the palate, which is rich and mouth filling.
The term CV refers to the original vineyard holdings on our estate, Continental Vineyards, and this very limited wine is only produced in execptional vintage years.
This merlot shows all the hallmarks of this classic variety, plums, cherries and dark fruits abound, all wonderfully interwoven with spicy oak. The brightness of the palate reflects the liveliness of Merlot when presented properly.
Boasting a new world inspired blend of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, with two-hundred percent (we promise this is not a typo) new French and American oak; this is a wine that you can’t help but notice and enjoy.