Forbes & Forbes Fraternal Blend is a much loved blend of two Bordeaux varieties; Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Adverse weather conditions during the 2011 ripening period meant the Cabernet Sauvignon did not achieve ripeness. In the absence of this variety the Alexander Murray blend could not be made and a new blend known as the Fraternal Blend was created Merlot (75%) and Cabernet Franc (25%).
Season: The adverse weather conditions during the 2011 were challenging to say the least. A season not typical within the Barossa and a long cool and wet ripening. However, viticulture skills were put to a test this year and delivered some exceptional results within the Eden Valley region of the Barossa. If your terroir consisted of sandy loam soil, shale and rocky outcrops over the red clay than the skills of delivering a quality parcel of wine grapes was all up to the management, that's viticulture of course!
Appearance: Deep purple with brick red hues.
Aroma/Bouquet: Raspberry characters and rich black fruits with a touch of tawny and seasoned french oak on the nose.
Palate: Aged characters showing through with a lovely overtone of blackberries and soft cherries.
Food Pairing: Duck with honey, soy and ginger, oxtail stew, ratatouille, vegetarian lasagna just to name a few...
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 5+ years
Winemaker: Colin Forbes
The wine makers selection is enough to make your taste buds sing!
Award winning, show stopping, single vineyard wines, grown in the heart of the Barossa region. When the Stage Door Wine Co. guys aren't knocking out tunes at the latest gig, they are pumping and grinding in the wine making shed.
Let them take centre stage in your home or your next dinner party. They are sure to please the toughest crowds and wine palates.
Featuring the latest new white variety - Gruner Veltliner and a sample selection of the Stage Door range. Hearty Cabernets, with rich and powerful Barossa Shiraz. Perhaps you may wish to savour a mouth watering and super refreshing Eden Valley Riesling?
With even more to offer your taste bud selection, this pack comes with a bonus wine - limited release and the show stopping GSM - one of Barossa's favourite medium bodied food wines.
+ Bonus Wine
Vineyard: Situated in the northern end of Eden Valley is the family owned and operated vineyard of Garden & Field. The site is spectacular which takes in a landscape of rolling hills with vineyards dotted in the distance. Planted on own roots and established as a non- irrigated site, with a southerly aspect. Elevation of 390m consisting of ancient volcanic soil, red brown earth, ironstone, quartz and schist rock lay over clay & limestone.
Season: A dry start to the vintage growing season with expected cooler evenings and seasonal late frosts. Due to the site elevation and vineyard establishment, little frost settled on the grape vines. A warm start to the summer season ensured a strong and healthy canopy structure. Along with warm weather, rain arrived and was higher than expected throughout January and February. The wine grapes were not affected due to no irrigation on site which grapes to ripen with full colour and flavour intensity.
Wine making: Cabernet Sauvignon and Refosco grapes were handpicked before a gentle basket press on site. Skin contact and hand plunging of the fermenting wine grapes continued for for 4-6 weeks, until dry. Traditional handcrafted and tended, reminiscent of yesteryear before maturing in seasoned French oak for 22 months. When bottled the wine was cellared to rest for a further six months prior to release.
Appearance: Deep crimson brick red with purple hue
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of violets, blue & black berries and exotic spices. Leather and cedar nuances intertwine with ripe berries and an earthy nose.
Palate: French oak dances around black and mulberry fruits with hints of leather and cedar notes.The wine offers layers of complexity, with concentrated fruit integrating through fine tannin structure. The palate is medium weight with an elegant finish.
Food Pairing: Osso Bucco, hearty Italian cuisine or any rich intense flavoured food. This wine long for a food partner.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 35 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: now - 2040+
Wine maker: Peter Raymond
100% Vegan friendly white wine from Barossa's Eden Valley!
Chaffey Bros Wine Co. award winning single vineyard wines are noted as a local talking point. Fresh, zippy, aromatic, dry to fruity palates and incredibly fashionable; if that's your thing.
The Chaffey Punkt Collection will be the perfect one stop pack for your next dinner party or just grab one to top up your wine shelf.
A wine collection to suit all white wine lovers;
1 x Tripelpunkt Riesling
1 x Duftepunkt Riesling/Gewurztraminer Blend
1 x Funkelpunkt Sparkling Riesling (Dry Style)
1 x Bluhenpunkt (100% Gewurztraminer)
1 x Kontrapunkt (100% Kerner - Dry Style)
1 x Zeitpunkt Riesling (100% Organic)