Gemtree Vineyards


The Phantom Red Blend 1 2009

Technical Details:

The Wine

Cabernet creates the platform and base, petit verdot gives aromatics structure and tannin, merlot the juiciness and cabernet franc is the funkā€¦ A Bordeaux blend with a difference!

Black & purple.
Violets, mint, currants, cassis, rose petals, roasted almonds, dark olive and dark chocolate, dried sausage.
The 2010 growing season presented us with good winter and spThe wine is separated into 3 distinct palate profiles as we scribe this (July 2010). 1. a multi layered generous concentrated front palate with oodles of flavour; 2. a voluptuous mid palate; 3. ripe elongated tannins that envelop the back end of the palate and create an ultimately seductive wine.
All red meats.
Suggested recipe

Lamb shanks with bacon and mushrooms

10 -15+ years.
Vintage Notes

The Phantom Red Blend 1 is the renamed Tatty Rd - see the full story on the news page! Varietals: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot.

Vintage Conditions: The 2009 growing season presented us with good winter and spring rains. The warm days and cool nights leading up to harvest provided us with near perfect conditions.

As a result, the 2009 wines have wonderful finesse and brightness. Neither cloying nor over ripe, they display remarkable richness and vibrancy that will see them drinking well for the next 5-8 years.

Winemaking: Each parcel of fruit is open fermented and aged in French oak separately for 18 months. The Phantom is then blended prior to bottling to maximise balance, structure, flavour and integration.