This Bordeaux style blend embodies the structure that has become the hallmark of Colgin wines: bright jammy fruit aromas and character combined with soft ripe tannins. The wine is hedonistic in its complexity!
The 2003 "Cariad" is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot. The word "cariad" means love in Welsh.
Notes from the Estate:
"We are pleased to present our fifth release of this Bordeaux inspired blend. Each year this blend gains power and finesse through our collective knowledge of previous Cariad cuvees. Our focused blending methods amplify our components in the grand cuvee. This magical concentration of Cariad emanates from the vineyard source which is now nineteen years old. We predict that the wine will continue to build complexity in the bottle for at least three decades.
The color and overall intensity of the 2003 Cariad is deeply pitched red to black. The wine has vibrant clarity which is achieved through proper ageing and precise blending techniques. Aromatics are vibrant and exotic with fresh tones of black cherries and black raspberries. The complexity of this wine moves further to include earthy, soil driven notes along with the exotic and often elusive aroma of blood orange oil. Across the palate, the mouth feel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins and fine acid structure. The 2003 Cariad will continue to develop for decades or will drink well near term. "
We released 500 cases of 2003 Colgin Cariad in November 2006.