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Quality cool climate wine from the Orange wine growing region in New South Wales, Australia

2010 Maurice (12 bottle case)

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We (that is, Rhonda and Stephen Doyle) planted the pioneering wine grape vineyard in the Spring of 1983. These Merlot Noir vines thrived in the warm, free-draining gravels of Bloodwood. The first vintage, yielding 650 litres of exciting varietal essence, duly followed in April 1986. Over the last three decades, we have cared for and nurtured those original vines on our Griffin Road property. Today, in their maturity, they offer the best potential for the production of the highest quality, cool climate fruit which is the enduring foundation of all our Bloodwood wine styles.

2010 Maurice (12 bottle case)

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bloodwood 2010 maurice.jpg

2010 Maurice (12 bottle case)

456.00

Deep crimson in colour, the fine lifted bouquet of red fruits and blackcurrants tending towards dark chocolate complement hints of vanillin char from extended gentle maturation in tight grained French oak hogsheads. Savoury black berries and spice suffuse a long textured, well balanced fleshy palate of lively black fruit and graceful integrated tannins.  Careful medium term cellaring will add to your enjoyment of this fine wine.                  

Al/Vol 14.0%

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Vineyard

Bloodwood Maurice is a cellar style of wine which represents, for us, the best few barrels from the best vintages in terms of quality and longevity here at Bloodwood. Ipso facto, ( I’ve always wanted to say that when talking about wine) not every vintage is good enough for a release of a Bloodwood "Maurice". We have to find six hogsheads (1800 litres) of red wine which we consider to be of high enough quality and interest to qualify. There is no strict varietal mix from year to year, but generally it will be a wine built around Cabernet Sauvignon. (Having said that, the 1998 Maurice, which was entirely Merlot Noir, won high praise from Jancis Robinson.) This wine is our small tribute to the legendary winemaker Maurice O’Shea whose habit it was to visit cellars soon after each vintage and purchase barrels of the best wines he found. These wines he transported back to Mt Pleasant and blended into his own Maurice (O’Shea).

Vintage Conditions

2010 was a challenging season after the glorious 2009 season. However, if you looked after the health of your vines, although the yields were miniscule, the quality was good throughout. Poor winter and spring rains were relieved in mid summer and a cool, dry and calm ripening phase allowed us to pick good quality fruit. In the winery, it soon became obvious that fruit quality was better than we could have hoped with good acid/fruit balance which has followed through into the wines. This 2010 Maurice accounted for all of the Bloodwood Cabernet Sauvignon for this vintage.

Winemaking

The winemaking for this wine style really comes down to a major blending session, often over several weeks of decisions and revisions which several weeks will reverse. (Apologies Mr. Eliot). As mentioned above, this wine is a cellar selection of the best blend of red wines (with the exception of Pinot Noir) we have from the vintage. So the winemaking is according to the individual components of the blend. The cepage in this case ended up being 85% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 15%  pressings of Cabernet Franc, Merlot Noir and Malbec. This assemblage was bottled in September 2015 and released rather too early in May 2016.

Wine Analysis

pH 3.55

Acidity 5.7 g/l

Alc/Vol 14.0%

Tasting Notes

Deep crimson in colour, the fine lifted bouquet of red fruits and blackcurrants tending towards dark chocolate complement hints of vanillin char from extended gentle maturation in tight grained French oak hogsheads. Savoury black berries and spice suffuse a long textured, well balanced fleshy palate of lively black fruit and graceful integrated tannins.  Careful medium term cellaring will add to your enjoyment of this fine wine.                  

Al/Vol 14.0%

Has excellent crimson colour for a five-year-old wine; the rich full-bodied palate has blackcurrant, plum and spice fruits supported by ripe tannins and integrated oak; there is yet further improvement ahead.

Rating 93; 2028; 13.8% alc
— Mr Halliday's review of Maurice 2008