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The 2004 vintage will be remembered for its slow ripening conditions. Many weeks
had one or two days without harvesting, leading to ideal fermentation space in the
cellar. The reds benefit from this having a few extra days on the skins. The winter was
characterised by very cold spells and the most snow on the mountains in years.
Flowering was uneven in certain varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon which called for
selective bunch thinning at veraison. The cool summer produced smaller berries and
the cool nights led to very intense colour in the red wines. The longer hanging time in
the vineyard ensured phenolic maturity coinciding with sugar ripeness resulting to fruitier wines with soft tannins. The red wines of 2004 show beautiful finesse and elegance.
Deep garnet red colour. Sweet black cherry and youngberry aromas intertwined with
a hint of cigar box and spicy vanilla oak. The concentrated fruit and well balanced,
integrated oak forms a tightly knitted full bodied structure which will develop beautifully
with careful cellaring. The juicy fruit lingers on the aftertaste.
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