Shottesbrooke Reserve Series The Proprietor Red Blend 2016
Up till 2025.
APPEARANCE: Rich cherry red with bright hues. BOUQUET: Sweet upfront berry fruit on the nose, with just a touch of mint from the Cabernet Sauvignon, and complexed by nuances of smoky oak. PALATE: Intense flavor's layers of ripe berry, mocha and well-integrated supporting oak. Some delightful mint and complex spice frames the rich and opulent palate, which finishes long and fine.
2016 saw one of the earliest harvests on record. Low levels of rainfall experienced throughout winter and spring resulted in additional irrigation being required in December, and in conjunction with warm days, this created ideal ripening conditions. Although January did eventually see some substantial rainfall, overall disease pressure was low and this allowed the fruit to develop evenly, leading to an excellent combination of high quality fruit and above average yields. The cabernet portion of the wine was grown on 20 year old Reynell clone vines planted on the alluvial river flats, while the Merlot and Malbec components came from 15 year old vines planted on deep sandy loam.
A blend of three of the ‘noble’ varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Malbec (approximately 60/23/17)- these three varieties complement each other wonderfully. The parcels were individually fermented and spent between 10 and 18 months aging in a variety of new and aged French and American hogsheads. ‘The Proprietor’ is only released in years of exceptional quality.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with pistachio-crusted lamb racks and lightly steamed seasonal vegetables