CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The most planted variety at Excelsior. Vines vary in age from 5 – 20 years. Water stress is used to produce tiny, concentrated berries.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Blackish plum in colour Aroma: Ripe blackcurrants a plummy fruit. Soft ripe tannins balance toasty oak aromas and sweet fruit flavours. Palate: Good structure with soft, clean finish

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MERLOT

Merlot has a tendency towards green flavours and tannins, so canopy management practices like shoot removal and green harvesting are used to produced and evenly ripened crop.

Tasting Notes:
Appearance: Dark, ruby Colour Nose: Sweet violet, blackberry fruits and on the nose. Palate: Succulent flavours of ripe plum and blackcurrant, enhanced by hints of coffee and chocolate. Soft tannins lend a firm structure.

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PADDOCK SHIRAZ

Planted on old horse paddocks that are rich in lime and other minerals.

Tasting Notes:
Why Paddock? Vines are planted on old horse paddocks, giving the wine a unique flavour spectrum. Appearance: Deep brick red on rim of glass, almost black in centre. Nose: Smoked meat, mocha, toffee and spicy new wood on nose. Palate:Lingering flavours of vanilla and ripe black cherries with a long and smooth finish.

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CAITLYN ROSE

The grapes were healthy at harvest, resulting invery fruit forward wines

Tasting Notes:

This rosé has blueberry notes on the nose, whilst the palate is ripe and juicy, with a nice fresh acidity

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SAUVIGNON BLANC

Grapes are harvested by hand for greater quality control. The grapes were immediately destemmed and cooled. Skin contact was maintained for 6 hours, and then the grapes were carefully pressed in order to avoid bitter phenols. The wine was then cold fermented for 15 days at temperatures between 12 and 15⁰ Celsius. Lees contact was maintained for 3 months in order to give greater fullness to the final wine. The various components were blended after ageing

Tasting Notes:

Yellow-green in colour. The nose is complex with passion fruit, grapefruit and ripe fig aromas. The palate is fruity with a zesty acidity.

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VIOGNIER

Bright lime green hue. Hints of peach, marmalade and orange blossom on the nose. Green apple fruit flavours on a full creamy palate. Calling Card: Only very lightly oaked for everyday drinking.

Tasting Notes:

Subtle flavours of lemon and peaches linger on a complex palate. Full-bodied elegance makes this a wine of substance

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CHARDONNAY

The nose shows hints of peach, lemons and orange blossom backed up by a touch of oak. The palate is fresh and creamy with great length from the acidty.

Tasting Notes:

The nose shows hints of peach, lemons and orange blossom backed up by a touch of oak. The palate is fresh and creamy with great length from the acidty.

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