2001 Veritas - Silver
2001 John Platter Guide 2003 - 4½Stars
A ruby-plum colour. Loads of sweet fruit cake and plum aromas. Shows warm stewed plum and currant jamminess. A spicy, plum nicely wooded wine with hints of Bordeaux character. Quite supple though a touch tense on the finish.
Approachable now but should open up further through to 2004.
Good with oxtail, steak and kidney pie or homely cottage pie.
In The Vineyard
Soil: Estcourt type, weathered granite topsoil on a layer of granite, above a crumbly clay sub soil.
Yield: 7 - 8 ton/hectare
Grape Varieties: 100% Merlot (13 year old trellised vines on R 110 rootstock)
About The Harvest
Grapes harvested at 24.5Âº Balling.
In The Cellar
Fermented with NT 112 in red wine tanks and pumped over three times a day, until dry. Pressed lightly at 1,4 Bar. Underwent malolactic fermentation in the tank before going into French oak barrels for 17 months. 40% new oak was used.