Estate Blend


2011

38% Syrah | 24% Grenache | 21% Mourvedre | 10% Tempranillo | 7% Counoise
Fermented in concrete, stainless steel and one-ton fermentors
Aged for 17 months in 47% new French oak barrels and puncheons
1,234 cases produced

Let’s all say a big warm ‘welcome’ to Epoch’s coming of age Catapult Vineyard, contributing  46% to our Estate Blend and playing very well with our Paderewski grapes (54% of the blend).  More than serious enough to lay down for a decade but delicious enough to enjoy any night of the week.  
ScoresWA 91; IWR 92


2010 - Wine Spectator's 25th Top Wine of the World for 2013!

56% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre, 7% Tempranillo
Aged for 18 months in 52% new French oak barrels and puncheons
1,699 cases produced

Tasting the 2010 Estate Blend conjures up memories of harvest 2010 at our Paderewski Vineyard.  Being a combination of our estate-grown Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Tempranillo from undulating exposures and alternating shale versus limestone soils, we see the personality of our site shine through over individual grape varieties.  Indicative of the vintage, the fruit and tannin are beautifully ripe, yielding a plush, textured and lengthy wine weaving in and out of savory and sweet flavors: red plum, leather, savory meat, roasted herbs, chocolate and brown spice.   
Scores: WS 93 & #25; WA 92; RR 92;  IWC 92; IWR 93


2009

60% Syrah | 19% Grenache | 9% Tempranillo | 8% Zinfandel | 4% Mourvedre
Aged for 23 months in 23% new French oak
1,368 cases produced
 
Our 2009 Estate Blend is a patch work of different vineyard blocks and soil types on our Paderewski Vineyard.  Predominantly Syrah combined with almost all the other red varieties we have on the estate, this wine gives a sweeping glimpse of the vineyard as a whole alongside all of our innovative and site-specific winemaking practices.  Almost Bordelaise in character, this wine expresses savory and refined fruit character: dried leather, red cherry, tobacco, smoked game and brown spice.  The five different varieties form a cohesive, expressive wine with great texture, length and longevity in bottle.  Drink now or with up to 15 years cellar age.  
Scores: RR 92; IWC 91
 
 
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