1998 Blue Pyrenees Estate Reserve Red
- Cellar Door
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2002 - 2020
Aged Red Wines
The texture of high quality red wine becomes rounder and smoother with age, many of the firmer characters being bevelled by the softening of the tannins (polymerisation) resulting in increased richness and complexity. Red wines lose their youthful fruitiness and develop secondary characters such as chocolate, mocha, leather, sandalwood camphor, mosswood, seaweed and mature cheese.
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Original tasting note: This wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon (54 per cent), shiraz (35 per cent), merlot (11 per cent) and all grown entirely on the Blue Pyrenees Estate, on vines up to 25 years old.
A dense ruby red colour.
Ripe berries, light spice, cedar and briar are evident on the nose and there are also hints of the eucalypt mint Pyrenees regional character.
The palate is dominated by the mouth-filling flavours of ripe fruits, and shows plenty of acidity, elegant oak and fine tannin structure. The finish is long and has a balanced grip.
- Winemaking Notes
The 1998 Blue Pyrenees Estate, Reserve is an excellent example of all the estate's 'assemblage' philosophy. Selective harvesting of the best parcels of fruit enabled the production of more than 35 different wines, each with distinctive characters, which contribute to the final blend.
The majority of component wines were fermented to dryness in enclosed stainless steel fermenters, with about five per cent (principally shiraz) being fermented in open fermenters. About 30 per cent of the blend was drained off skins at about five degrees Baume and barrel fermented in new Haut Brion French oak. These premium barrels are cooperated by Seguin Moreau from oaks especially from the Alliers, Never and the central forests of France.
The wine was matured for 18 months in a combination of 35 per cent new Haut Brion French oak, 30 per cent one year old Haut Brion French oak, 30 per cent two year old Haut Brion French oak and five per cent new American oak.
- Growing Conditions
Original tasting note: This fine cool climate dry red shows the mouth-filling flavours of ripe fruits, elegant oak and a fine tannin structure.
The Blue Pyrenees Estate vineyards nestle in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range in Western Victoria. The site was selected in the early 1960s due to its unique 'terroir' – a combination of deep gravelly soils and a cool climate.
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