Arabella Wines - Red

Tasting Notes:

Brimming with abundant blackcurrant aromas, this full-bodied wine is a mouthful of juicy plum and black cherry flavours. Delightfully versatile with inviting aromas of vanilla and mocha finishing with soft spicy tannins.

Alc: 14.5 RS: 4.5 pH: 3.61 TA: 5.6

 

In Unison Reserve

In Unison Reserve

Awards:

2013
Ultra Value Award 2015 - Double Gold
2010
Michelangelo 2012 - Silver Award
2009
Michelangelo 2011 - Silver Award
2007
Michelangelo 2010 - Silver Award
Old Mutual Trophy 2010 – Bronze Award
2006
Swiss International Air Lines 2008 – Silver Medal
Old Mutual Trophy Awards 2008 – Bronze Medal
Michelangelo 2008 - Silver Award

In the Vineyard:

Soil Types
The vineyards are planted on the floor of what was, many millions of years ago, a great inland lake. Evidence of this lake can be seen in the massive water washed boulders. As the rainfall declined the lake dried up leaving a deposit of calcareous silt many meters thick. The drying of the soil and the effect of the elements cured the top layer of this calcareous silt into rock hard calcium carbonate. At first it was thought that these soils were only suitable for pastures as the roots of orchards and vineyards could not penetrate the calcium carbonate. The era of the big machine, which could rip through the hard calcium carbonate to a depth of 1.5 meters to access the calcareous silt underneath, changed this perception. Vineyards now flourish and produce wonderful wine where there once was arid veldt. A near perfect viticultural terroir has been created where man can manipulate conditions as he sees fit.

In the Cellar:
The best quality tanks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot are selected and put into French and American oak barrels. The wine is left in the barrels for up to 12 months to add softness and complexity to the wine. Thereafter the Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot are blended together. There may even be up to 4% Viognier blended into the red blend to add extra body and spice but at the same time also softening the tannins giving a soft, smooth and fruit driven finish.

Blend Information:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot