ENTAV an acronym for Etablissement National Technique Amélioration Viticulture based in Le Grau-du-Roi in the South of France. This organisation selects, grows and tests the best clones out of France.
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.
We have combined our new Entav cabernet clones with our new Petit Verdot plantings to make a bright young red for early consumption.
The fruit was harvested at 14.2 baume on the 14th March 2016. 54% 412 Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% 338 Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% 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 2016.
This wine was made to capture the beautiful blueberry fruit and fleshiness of these clones and made to drink while young and vibrant.