Chateau Ferrande Graves Red 2016 - 750ml
A fruity nose is driven by currants and berries, with gentle wisps of spice coming through. On the palate red and black fruit flavors are complemented by notes of wet slate. The elegant texture is silken with supple tannins that envelope the mouth.
There is some evidence that what we know of as Chateau Ferrande today was first planted by the ancient Romans, as they were active in the region at the time. The estate takes its name from the founders of the property, the Ferrande family. It is highly likely that vineyards were probably cultivated here during the late 17th century or the start of the 18th century.
It was during those times that the vineyards began to expand. The Ferrande family sold the property in the 1960’s to the Delnaud family.
The large 90 hectare vineyard of Chateau Ferrande is planted for both red wine grapes and white wine grapes. 84 Hectares of vines are used for red wine grapes, which are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 6 hectares of vines are reserved for white wine grape varieties, which are planted to an even split of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc.
The terroir is sand, rocks, gravel and clay soils. The newer plantings in the vineyards are done at a higher level of vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are roughly 30 years of age. During harvest, the red wine grapes are picked by machine. However, the white wine grapes are harvested by hand.
For the red wine of Chateau Ferrande, vinification takes place in large, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wines are aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling.
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