A vision to make a very special blended red wine in the style of the great wines of France was first realised at Alkoomi in 1995 with the first vintage of the Blackbutt. In crafting the 2009 Blackbutt, Cabernet Sauvignon (63%), Cabernet Franc (3.5%), Merlot (10%), Petit Verbot (3.5%) and Malbec (20%) from Alkoomi’s oldest vines were fermented separately then blended following extended maturation for 24 months in French Oak - of which fifty percent was new. The final components that will make the Blackbutt are tasted blind by the winemaking team and only wines that stand out are selected which means that every vintage will be a unique blend. Once blending is completed the wine spends a further one year maturing in the bottle in climate controlled storage prior to release.
A cool but sunny start to the growing season promoted excellent vine growth and good fruit set. This was followed by a ripening season with bright sunny days and cool nights allowing for exceptional flavour development.
Brilliant deep crimson with garnet hues.
Flavours of cassis and red currant are melded with hints of black olive, savoury spice and dried herb. The palate is interwoven with cedary oak and supple fine grained tannins leading to a long mouthwatering finish.
Will gain in complexity with careful cellaring for at least 10 years.