Barossa - Eden Valley Merlot and Cabernet Franc Blend
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%).
Vineyard: Single vineyard located on the outskirts of the township Springton, Eden Valley. Hand managed with an elevation of 440m.
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!
Wine making: Picked and gently pressed on skins for 4-6 weeks before transferred to seasoned French Oak for maturing.
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
Magnificent Merlot - a delightful selection of six hand crafted wines.
Merlot is a magnificent red wine variety of Barossa's Eden Valley region and one the Merlot guru, James Irvine has proven countless times. Each single site wine has been handcrafted from vine to bottle but the secret in this elegant, fruit driven, red variety is where it is grown. Cooler vineyard sites with warm day temperatures, partnered with site and clone selection is what the wine lovers are talking about. A must try sample selection of Merlot and Merlot blends.
Six Bottle Selection Includes;
Bonus Offer: FREE FREIGHT with purchase.
Barossa - Eden Valley Wine Pack
A unique creation of Bordeaux varietals handcrafted from the Forbes vineyards within Barossa's Eden Valley wine region; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc.
Hidden gems, grown within a region renowned for producing wines of fruit intensity, aromatics and deep alluring colour. Each wine was hand-picked and gentle pressed before barrel ageing in seasoned French Oak hogsheads.
Decanting will increase the enjoyment of each wine. We recommend matching with tomato based cuisine or rich slow cooked Beef Cheeks and Mushroom Risotto.
Six Bottle Pack Includes;
3 x Forbes & Forbes Fraternal Blend - 2011
3 x Forbes & Forbes Alexander Murray - 2014
Barossa - Eden Valley Merlot
Vineyard: Sourced from our old vine Barossa vineyard, these ancient, gnarled vines are not only surviving but thriving on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet.
Season: Generous late winter rains replenished the soil profile followed into Spring. Consistent warm summer days, with cool nights allowed for ideal slow ripening.The vintage will be long remembered as an exceptional one.
Wine making: In March grapes were handpicked, pressed and transferred to open fermenters for a further eight days. Hand plunging occurred twice per day, before basket pressing into seasoned French and American Oak Barriques. Eighteen months of maturation, the Merlot wine was bottled without filtration or fining to capture the essence of the vineyard.
Appearance: Intense crimson with youthful purple hues.
Aroma/Bouquet: Lifted, elegant notes of blue fruits, blood and of course damson plums with a dash of Christmas pudding-like spice. All accented by hints of bramble and dark chocolate.
Palate: Lush, mouth filling sweet blackberry and plums elegantly covers the palate with nuances of sweet spice. Silky, fine tannins and dark chocolaty notes tickle throughout the lengthy palate with youthful and pretty finish.
Food Pairing: Perfectly matched with all richly flavoured foods, meats, stews, game or mature hard cheeses. Alluring on the palate, our Merlot commands company with food and friends.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide