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First Drop Wines Jr Gantos Mclaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Nacional 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit is crushed/destemed and fermented at temperatures ranging from 20-25°C for 8 days on skins. The ferment is managed by a variety of techniques, including ‘aerative pump overs’ and ‘drain and returns’ which assist in extracting colour, flavour and tannin from the grapes. At the end of fermentation, it is drained/pressed, and transfered to a combination of new (25%) and 3 and 4 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo MLF. Post MLF, sulphur dioxide is added, and the wine matures sur lie for 24 months. This wine was bottled unfiltered in April 2008.

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First Drop Wines:
First Drop is about passion for life, fun and flavour! Matt Gant and John Retsas are mates with a lifelong commitment to making kick-ass booze from eclectic grape varieties grown in the best bits of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. First Drop’s stellar quality wines and unique approach to packaging have caught the eye of drinkers and wine scribes the world over.

Tasting Notes:

This wine displays all the hallmarks of classic McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon – blackcurrant, chocolate with a hint of herbaceousness delivered on a rich palate of dense, firm tannins. But JR Gantos loves his port, and couldn’t help adding a dash (5%) of Touriga Nacional, which gives a varietal floral lift. St Estephe on steroids meets the Douro! Luscious, seductive, luxuriant...

The fruit is crushed/destemed and fermented at temperatures ranging from 20-25°C for 8 days on skins. The ferment is managed by a variety of techniques, including ‘aerative pump overs’ and ‘drain and returns’ which assist in extracting colour, flavour and tannin from the grapes. At the end of fermentation, it is drained/pressed, and transfered to a combination of new (25%) and 3 and 4 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo MLF. Post MLF, sulphur dioxide is added, and the wine matures sur lie for 24 months. This wine was bottled unfiltered in April 2008.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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