Winemaker Notes: The 2012 QED reflects the generous warmth of the vintage with voluptuous fruit, massive structure, and ripe tannins. The 2012 QED has aromatics of ripe blueberry, blackberry, kirsch, white pepper, and scorched earth. This is a very complex wine on the palate: kirsch, raspberry, pomegranate, blackberry, garrigue, white pepper, smoked meat, white pepper, vanilla, and incense. The rich mouthfeel, high fruit intensity, crisp acidity, substantial yet ripe tannins all suggest good aging potential. It should hit maturity in 6-8 years and drink well over the next 15+ years.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 146 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 84 hours. Native fermentation was used on 75% of the lots. 20% whole clusters were used to give added structure. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending.
Cooperage: The oak profile is 20% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 80% neutral French oak. The wine had an elevage of 30 months in oak and was racked three times but not fined.
Cases Produced: 174