Blood Brothers Réserve Merlot Cabernet Refined bouquet evolving in to red and black fruits. Powerful and subtle at the same time, characterised by mineral and spicy and mint notes livened by subtle and elegant toasty flavors is an award wining blend fit for a true rugby gent.
The grapes for this Réserve wine start out initially in the same manner as the Merlot Cabernet. But for the richer oak-aged red wines, we are looking for added weight and structure. This demands a longer skin maceration and fermentation at a higher temperature to produce richer wines that will mature with age. All the vats of red wine are therefore carefully tasted and the richest, most concentrated cuvees are chosen to be aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Our barrel cellar is rotated each year, and each barrel is used for just 4 years. So every year, 25% of the barrels are new, and 25% are each in their second, third and fourth years. After the fourth year of use, we then discard the barrels.
Domaine du Cudmore red wine can be enjoyed within 12 months of the vintage, although it will keep for many years. The oak-aged red wine is a wine to lay down for at least two to three years and great vintages like the 2000 can certainly be kept for at least ten years.