2013 Rolling Stone Bordeaux Blend

An earthy and intense blend, made via traditional method vinification, reveals a complex and alluring wine that is an authentic representation of variety, site and season.

 

Tasting Note

 An intense and fragrant mix of black jube, sweetened cranberry and black olives, with underlying after dinner mint and sweet spices. A silken entry reveals a multi-layered palate brimming with blackcurrant and crushed violet fruits, overlaying a dense mocha and sweet soy mid palate. Made with minimal additives, this bold natural wine is unfined and unfiltered. Each variety contributes to a complete yet enigmatic blend, far exceeding the sum of the individual parts.

Winemaking

 Handcrafted from start to finish, our best parcels of fruit are gently de-stemmed into stone open fermenters for a pre-ferment cold soak; wines are hand plunged for gentle extraction with Cabernet and Petit Verdot undergoing extended maceration for soft and savoury tannins. Malbec is pressed sweet and racked to barrel for added texture and softness. All wines are matured in the finest French Oak barriques, most of which are two and three years old. It is held in oak for 18 months prior to bottling. The wine remains unfined and unfiltered. 
38% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Malbec
25% Merlot
12% Petit Verdot

Vineyards

Hazel's Vineyard is in the southern part of the Margaret River region. These vines grow on coarse lateritic soils with a northerly aspect.

Season

 A wild and wet spring resulted in lower yields across all white varieties due to the unsettling effect of wind and rain on the delicate flowering period. Rainfall through December resulted in moderate temperatures and supplied moisture to the soil ensuring sound ripening conditions. A heatwave in early February brought sugar development forward however grape acids held well and resulted in a sound and early white harvest. As unnerving as some of these rain events were rewards of full tannin ripeness and flavoursome wines were the results of patience in what was a drawn out season. Another stellar Margaret River vintage.

Technical

Al - 14.7%

Reviews

The West Australian Wine Guide 2017

This is McHenry Hohnen's super premium development and it has really hit the mark since the first release a couple of years ago. This is another outstanding wine. It is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and petit verdot. Such a rich and concentrated wine with masses of blackcurrant and fruitcakey plum and black olive characters. Smooth rich texture with a complex weave of tannin and oak. has a slightly liquer character which brings further complexity into it. Super wine. Cellar: 20 years

Score: 97 Points
Wine Writer: Ray Jordan

James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

37% cabernet sauvignon, 25% each of malbe and merlot, 13% petit verdot, matured for 15 months in French oak (30% new). A complex, medium bodied wine carefully groomed at every point along the way, with layers of flavours ex the fruit and oak. On the face of it, that oak shouldn't be excessive but it certainly has a lot to say. Time will tell the tale. Drink to 2033.

Score: 94 Points
Wine Writer: James Halliday

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