“This is harmonious, pulsing with beautiful cool-climate fruit. It’s a mix of flavours from cherries and plums to an array of alpine herbs, spices and cedar from the oak- French barriques (50% new) aged for 11 months [then blended and returned to older oak for a further 11 months.] Fuller-bodied but not heavy. Very detailed tannins and it’s a delicious drink that will reward more with ageing.” Drink to 2030.
Released September 2019
The second Mayford “Ovens Crossing” was inspired by the exceptional ripening conditions of 2017. A cool and mild autumn allowed slow and complete ripening of perfectly formed, small-berried Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, all estate grown.
The Tempranillo was hand-picked over late February and into early March, the cooler temperatures meaning that the fruit benefitted from hanging on the vine two to three weeks longer than usual. Low cropping Cabernet was picked in mid-March, just a week after the last of the Tempranillo.
Small parcels were cold-soaked prior to natural fermentation as separate batches in open pots with regular hand plunging. Matured in French barriques (50% new) for eleven months, then blended and returned to older oak for a further eleven months, with some retained lees for texture and complexity.
Just one hundred dozen have been made. Sporting glowing reviews, this wine can be purchased with great confidence and is an excellent cellaring proposition.
Bottled under screw cap
|Dimensions||50 x 31.5 x 10 mm|
1 Case, 2 Cases, 3 Cases