2005 Newton Forrest Cornerstone

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Our 2005 Cornerstone is a blend ofåÊ43% Cabernet Sauvignon,åÊ35% Merlot,åÊ22% Malbec. The result: a soft generous wine with vibrant blue/red colour, ripe cherry and blackberry fruit flavours, hints of violets and savoury spicy oak. Youthful, the palate is full, with excellent depth and richness, sweet chocolate mocha aromas intertwined with soft silky tannins. A wine that drinks well now, which, if like the previous 10 vintages of Cornerstone, should develop gracefully for many years in bottle.åÊ

  • Vintage 2005 gave us good ripening conditions for Bordeaux reds from Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay ‰ÛÒ a warm summer and dry autumn. Harvest began in late March with each variety being hand picked. Each pick was fermented separately in small 3-tonne open fermenters, hand plunged and allowed varying periods of post-ferment skin contact prior to pressing off the wine for malolactic fermentation and ageing in a mix of French (70%) and American (30%) oak barriques.
  • pH 3.61åÊ
    T.A. 5.9g/låÊ
    Residual Sugar NilåÊ
    Alcohol 13.8%

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