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Conor van der Reest wanted, in creating wines for their benchmark Cloth Label, to produce something that was both unique and specific to Moorilla Estate.
The Cloth Label Red consists of pinot noir, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc, with riesling the remainder of the blend. The wine is made much the same as the White: wild ferments in oak are pressed off and kept separately. The difference however, is that here the riesling is added last. This is because it binds the different tannins of the red varieties; the velvet tannin of the pinot to the astringent tannin of the cabernet. The riesling acts as a conduit between the various reds, harmonising the finished wine.
The final blend is matured in 20% new hogsheads and puncheons for 17 months, producing a wine that is slightly more full than a pinot noir, but is not actually full-bodied. Its beauty is in seeing glimpses of the different varieties as they come and go. On the nose, the wine is perfumed and aromatic with notes of lilac, violet and pink peppercorn spice. Elegant and supple, it is soft and fruitful in the mouth, with flavours of blueberry and satsuma plum. Its cool climate pedigree imparts attractive undertones of laurel leaf and green olive with ripe graphite tannins finishing long and fine. Sophie Otton, April 2014
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