Vintage 2009 was hot pre-veraison in January, but then mild into autumn. The 2009 Tally was sourced entirely from a single parcel from Dead Morris Vineyard, handpicked for the first time to select only the best bunches and all of the blend received a long maceration on skins for a period of 26 days. Maturation was 16 months in new fine-grained Chateau barriques mostly from Taransaud and some from Seguin Moreau cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2010, under procork.
Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, elderberry and cassis fruit. The palate is particularly fine and elegant, with coffee and milk chocolate characters adding to the dark fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. More delicate and refined, than previous Tally’s. Decant before drinking.