Our Estate wine as you well may know, is our Heritage. Made in the Bordeaux mould, but not named Meritage, because in 2002 we added 10% Touriga Nacionale into the blend [making it a non Bordeaux blend as Touriga is from Portugal]
Subsequent vintages have seen us use strictly Bordeaux varietals and in the last two vintages, we have only used Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Our newly released 2007 Heritage Estate Reserve is a blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Merlot, aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels and bottle aged for a further 16 months.
This wine represents everything that I loved about the 2007 vintage in Virginia, lots of up front fruit on the nose and palate, tannins that are ripe and integrate beautifully into the wine. The oak is beautifully balanced and creates a layered wine with amazing complexity that will continue to age and evolve over the next 5-8 years.
This wine proves that Virginia indeed has the ability to produce a world-class red wine, and having been at the Virginia Wine Expo this past weekend, this statement was confirmed by many other wine producers.
To see what Al Schornberg and I have to say about the wine, check out our Facebook page and view the video we did last night. http://www.facebook.com/keswick.vineyards#!/video/video.php?v=1604400150175&comments
Cheers to you, I hope you enjoy the Heritage as much as I enjoyed making it
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