Atlantic Slopes Hornfels 2016
The Hornfels 2016 Bordeaux blend displays dark spicy fruits and subtle oak aromas on the nose. Notes of black current, cigar box, licorice, and cherry blossoms follow through on the palate. This beautiful complex Bordeaux blend drinks well now but will reach its recommended aging potential in five to ten years.
This is a wine that shows elegance, structure, and finesse.
The Atlantic Slopes range of wine are our Flagship wines. Only made from the best selection of berries and as a result are not produced every year.
40% Malbec 20% Cabernet Franc 20% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Petit Verdot
Well drained Hutton & Glenrosa
Cabernet Franc, Malbec & Petit Verdot vines; 1.4 hectare block, 300 meters above sea level. Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon lower altitude taking advantage of warmer ripening conditions.
Grapes handpicked & sorted. A 2 to 3 day cold soak at 12 – 15°C ensured max colour extraction in a non-alcoholic environment
Early fermentation; regular pumpovers & punchdowns were done to aid flavour & tannin extraction. After malolactic fermentation, wine was racked into new & 2nd fill 225L French oak barrels. After 9 months the most flavoursome barrels were selected, blended & returned to oak for a further 9 months.
The Metamorphic Range was launched in 2008 to highlight the geological history of the estate and the positive influence of these events of the flavour and structure of the resultant wines. Millions of years ago the deposition by water of silt, sand and mud formed the Malmesbury series. Rising magna baked the underlying shale to “Hornfels” a hard fine grained brittle rock. Over time folding, weathering and erosion exposed the bedrock where the vineyards are now planted. Cool ripening conditions in conjunction with the geology have a created a “terroir” unique to Hillcrest Estate.