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2017 Thousand Candles Gathering Field Red Blend

Yarra Valley, VIC

Deeelicious Merlot-led blend from this magnificent Yarra Valley vineyard. Great now or in the cellar.

$33.00

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 Turkish delight lingers in the aftertaste, and what a bloody delight it is too, from start to finish.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

There's seems to be a resurgence in the classic medium-bodied 'luncheon-Claret' from the Yarra Valley. Here's a lovely example from Stu Proud and the iconic Thousand Candles vineyard.

This is built from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the younger vines on the property planted in 2011-2012. Stu loves the way that Merlot offers so much lush, deep plummy fruit in the mouth, using the Cabernets to lend a little structure and definition.

It lends itself beautifully to long lazy lunches with a slow cooked lamb shoulder on the table. It's not a profound 'Bordeaux blend', but it's a flat out delicious one to drink. 

About Thousand Candles

Thousand Candles is one of the most hallowed vineyards in the Yarra Valley and is currently in the midst of something of a resurgence. The site is managed by the rugged hands of Stuart Proud, one of the Valley's most respected viticulturalists.

Stu farms his grapes and livestock with a deep understanding of biological farming, fostering a thriving ecosystem on the property to create the ideal environment to produce first-class fruit.

The wines that come from this site all share a common DNA, the vineyard characteristics shining through in their earthiness and impressive tannin structure. The wines of Thousand Candles are currently made by Stu who looks to minimal intervention in the winery, trusting that his hard work amongst the vines will pay dividends in the cellar.

Thus far, his impressive results speak for themselves.

The Thousand Candles Vineyard
The Thousand Candles Vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
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From The Producer

Winemaking:
This is our first release from young vines planted in 2011 & 2012. The block is planted at a high density of 7353 wines per hectare. Row width is 1.6 m whilst vine spacing is 80cm apart. The cordon wire is 50cm above the ground. We planted the block in this way to really allow the site and soil to be truly expressed in the wine. We expect these vineyards to make some great wines in years to come. All fruit was hand-picked, sorted, de-stemmed then fermented in small tanks for 3 weeks with only an occasional pump over. Aged in older French oak barriques and hogsheads for 6 months.

Blend : Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Cabernet Franc (12%)
ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Stu Proud in the vineyard
Stu Proud in the vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
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The Wine Front

"It’s a beautiful thing to smell, and to drink, not least as a young wine. Plum, and forest berries, chocolate and sweet earth, almost a potpourri fragrance. Medium-bodied, soft and supple, all chocolate and hazelnuts (praline), so gentle and charming, no grating acidity, a sweep of sooty tannin tumbles down the plump berry and sweet tobacco finish. Turkish delight lingers in the aftertaste, and what a bloody delight it is too, from start to finish." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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