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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourDeep purple, red in colur with a dark purple rim.
AromaBold redcurrant and cranberry notes with a touch of dried herbs
PalateSupple fruit core of redcurrant and cranberry notes and a touch of dried herbs with a lovely plum mid palate thanks to the contribution of the Merlot. Medium bodied but with great flavour length and overall balance.
Growing ConditionsThe 2014 growing season in Margaret River commenced with what seems like text book Spring conditions when you look at the data. Coming off a lovely cool, wet winter only just under the long-term rainfall average and consistently low temperatures until the vines burst away in a slightly warmer than normal month of August, September and October temperatures were right on the long-term average with no extremes and November was a copy of October with ideal temperatures for that month albeit slightly mild being under the long-term average. The rainfall data for these months also portrays an ideal picture with September and November being spot on their average and October being only slightly under.

However, the storms and wind that accompanied this rain plus the frequency of rain events during these months (especially November which had 9 rain days evenly spread throughout the month) meant that flowering conditions were not ideal in many vineyards and subsequent fruit set and yield was variable and/or down.

The region then moved into weather from December to March that Margaret River is renowned for. Four months where the temperatures were right on the long-term average with no spikes and lovely cool nights, with a period of 10 consecutive days of very special and well-timed warm weather in late January into early February. This period was also very dry - only 17mm of rain falling in three and a half months! Then the 39mm of rain received from 17-19-March from the tail of Cyclone Olwyn was perfectly timed as all our white varieties had been harvested and the timing and volume of this rainfall event was ideal to freshen the reds and kick them on to achieve full ripeness and ideal balance - a trait of the vintage. Conditions then returned to near perfection until there was significant follow up rain that commenced on 8-April with our final harvest being on??.the 8-April! Over 120mm of rain ended up falling in April which is the highest since 1990 ? something that will put the vines in good stead heading into the 2016 vintage.

All in all, it was a vintage in Margaret River where we were lucky (quite a consistent theme here) as although yields were painfully low and bird damage compounded the situation, it was the low yields at the end of the day that has really helped take quality to the level expected from Margaret River.
Vinification/MaturationThe grapes were picked mid-morning at the ideal temperature for the onset of fermentation. The grapes were then fermented in static fermenters at 22-26C and pumped over three times daily during this period. After fermentation had ceased, select parcels were held in a tank for a further 2-10 days to achieve the ideal structure and balance in the end wine. The wine was then matured on 12% new French oak for 10 months and racked monthly during this period. Following maturation, the wine was carefully blended and gently fined with fresh, local free-range egg whites prior to a final, single filtration and bottled under a screw cap to ensure freshness and consistency.
Alcohol/Vol14.5%
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date07-07-2016
Peak Drinking2016-2019
Recommended Food PairingPepperoni, rocket and parmesan cheese pizza

Enjoyed by wine lovers who appreciate wines from one of Australia’s most prestigious wine-producing regions, the Evans & Tate Classic range embodies the essence of Margaret River’s desirable lifestyle where the weather is perfect, the people are relaxed and the sound of surf is never far away. Consistent and reliable, wine drinkers have come to trust the reputation of Evans & Tate Classic implicitly. This consistency in style, coupled with a global trend towards lighter, more refreshing wine, has led to the expansion of the range which now includes Classic Chardonnay, Classic Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (White), Classic Cabernet Merlot, Classic Shiraz and Classic Pink Moscato.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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