ENTAV an acronym for Etablissement National Technique AméliorationViticulture based in Le Grau-du-Roi in the South of France. This organisation selects, grows and tests the best clones out of France. Yalumba wine company has recently imported a number of these Entav clones for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and as such these represent the latest French clonal material to arrive in Australia.
Balnaves have approximately 1 hectare each of Entav 338 and 412 Cabernet Sauvignon and Entav 181 Merlot and we are trialing these clones to see how they perform next to our current material mostly Reynella selection in Cabernet Sauvignon and D3V14 in Merlot.
The fruit was harvested between the 31st of March 2017 and the 26th of April 2017. 79% 412 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 338 Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% 181 Entav Merlot and 6% G7V1 Petit Verdot were then combined in a 10 tonne open topped fermenter. The fruit was cold soaked on enzyme for 5 days at 10°C then inoculated with BM45 yeast followed by another 5 days on skins before pressing. Maturation took place in new Francois Freres Allier large format barrels and in tank for 5 months before bottling in October 2017.
Deep purple in colour, the nose has fresh blueberry, blackberry and liquorice aromas, with subtle graphite/vanillin notes coming from the oak. Made to drink while young and vibrant.
|HARVESTED||31st March 2017, 13th, 19th & 26th April 2017|
|VARIETAL||79% 412, 338 Cabernet, 15% 181 Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot|
|CELLARING||Drink while young and vibrant|