Cloth Label Red 2013
It’s interesting to note that while the blend for the Cloth Label White seems to flex and change slightly every year, the blend for the Cloth Label Red has changed very little; it seems to stay within 1 per cent between the 2012 and the 2015 that we currently have in barrel. We have found a very fine balance between tannins and body. You’ll see that the profile of the wine is remarkably similar to that of the 2012, albeit the aromatics have changed slightly.
Building on the release of the 2012, with the 2013 we have instituted more barrel fermentation. You’ll see from this work that the 2013 has more body and tannin volume, resulting in a wine that is richer while remaining more medium bodied than one might expect from a wine that is two thirds Cabernets and Shiraz.
The interplay between red and blue fruits, spice, oak and earth still seems to be held together with the Riesling component of the blend. Riesling remains the glue that binds the Pinot noir to the Cabernets. As with the red, the blending of the wine is done in order to show the complexity of the St Matthias vineyard—not only as a site but as the home of so many different varieties. With its many facets, I hope that you’ll find the wine intriguing and playful.
Regarding the wine’s longevity, I think it’s always difficult to tell. However, you’ll see that with such depth and range of tannin, along with good acidity, the wine will continue to mature and improve for many years.
Blend: Pinot noir 34%, Shiraz 29%, Cabernet Sauvignon 19%, Cabernet franc 10% and Riesling 8%
—Conor van der Reest, winemaker
“…an intriguing and captivating wine…a skilful composition…a harmonious chorus”
—Toni Paterson MW, March 2017, www.therealreview.com