The Merlot, from a select part of our Mere Road vineyard was at optimum flavour development and maturity. It was an exceptional parcel that early in the ferment showed an abundance of lush sweet tannins. The Cabernet Franc was also an exceptional grape parcel. The merlot was thinned to a bunch a shoot with crop loads of around 5 tonnes per hectare (or 35 hl per hectare). The vines of this select part of these vineyards gave very balanced vine growth with very healthy canopies. This ensured near perfect fruit maturity and great texture in the finished wine.