GRAPE VARIETIES IN THE FINAL BLEND Merlot: 52%, Cabernet Sauvignon: 43%, Petit Verdot: 5%
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VINTAGE: Summer was exceptionally fine, with hot and very dry weather in August. The vines were not overladen with fruit, which meant that by mid-September they had reached optimum levels of ripeness in terms of sugar and phenolic compounds. Although there was some reduction in sugar levels during the period of persistent rain that followed, the rain had little effect on the polyphenols or the overall quality of the grapes. Speedy extraction made vinification much easier. The wines obtained from each of the three grape varieties show a balance fruit with excellent tannic structure, while still maintaining the elegant Palmer style. Tasting notes from Enrico Bernardo, 12/01/2011: Deep ruby-red colour. Aromatic, open bouquet redolent of sage, plum, blackcurrant and stainless steel. Elegant and subtle on the palate, with fine tannin. Expressive, attractive, and showing signs of maturity, although it still has great aging potential.