85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from organic certified vineyards. Dame de Onze Heures, translates as the 11 o’clock lady. Named after a little flower that flowers at 11am everyday and only grows in the ideal situations.
18 months on lees in oak barrels (50% new oak).
Dark ruby and dense to look at.
Pronounced nose of raspberry, cranberry and hints of bay leaf.
On the palate, this wine gets really interesting. Beautiful sweet ripe fruits of black currants, black cherries & dark plums. Bay leaf is still here. Long finish with a very juicy mouthfeel, fine tannins and a milk chocolate (almost Baci in taste) like texture. Maybe the creamy mouthfeel comes from the time on lees?
Well balanced and silky smooth wine. Highly recommended.
Sample from Airoldi Fine Wines. RRP $89
Tasted 26th & 27th February 2014
I tasted this wine and 3 others over the course of 2 days. On the second day I paired the wines with a simply grilled steak and a truffled salt “dip” to see how it would go with food. All showed they lean towards being more of a food wine.