2014 Allouran (Merlot / Cabernet Franc) SOLD OUT
Our Allouran is the heart
and soul of our vineyard as it represents the core belief that when you combine
location, soil, climate, passion and history you can achieve special wines.
The wine is a combination of Merlot and Cabernet Franc – a classic Bordeaux
blend from the “Left Bank” where these two varieties dominate. 2014 was a
classic Margaret River red wine vintage with a cold and wet start to spring
conditions, leading into a dry and eventually hot early summer. The
conditions in summer were warm and dry with February / March having limited very
hot days ensuring that the grapes were perfectly ripe and concentrated in
flavour due to the longer season. A great year for reds and whites, giving
opportunity for solid flavour retention and tannin concentration.
The fruit was severely
thinned prior to veraison, and handpicked early one morning. Any grapes
that were considered not good “enough to eat” were dropped on the ground. The
technical data on these grapes are as below:
Picked 24 March 2014
Total weight 3,120 kg
Picked 7 April 2014
Total weight 2,194 kg
This was an excellent
vintage for our both varieties in terms of flavour and complexity. The two
varieties were curated by Clive Otto and Kate Morgan and fermented in closed
vats and continuously “pumped over” to extract colour and tannins softly, with
ferment being completed after 12 days for both wines. They were individually
pressed and placed in French oak barrels and stored for 20 months.
This wine was made by
tasting and re-tasting every barrel of wine that we had produced from the 2014
vintage, selecting out the Reserves and doing that in synch with the combined
tasting of the barrels forming the Allouran. If any barrel’s departure
affected the quality of the Allouran blend it was placed back into the blend –
quality is everything with this wine. The final ratio of Merlot to Cabernet
Franc was 67% to 33%, a classic ratio from the St Emilion region. This wine that
is both fragrant and plush on the nose, framed by supporting delicious oak, has
a beautifully balanced complete palate with a magical structure and long length.
A wonderful wine to drink and savour from an excellent vintage. When opening a
bottle consider a meal with red meats or game fowl – seared duck breast with a
berry sauce and this wine is wonderful combination.
dried cranberry, and raspberry, baking spices and Ginger Nut
biscuits, polished wood, subtle floral and herbal perfume. Medium
bodied, with a delightful churn of thick ripe tannin, depth and
brightness to the fruit, clean acidity, a pleasing precision married
to richness, black olive savouries and exotic spice: the Merlot and
Cabernet Franc weave a lovely tapestry here. Finish is long, almost
crisp, with a slurry of tannin to bring it home. Top shelf.” 94+ points.