Mendel’s estate vineyards are populated by some enviably mature vines, averaging around 80 years of age, which produce low yields of fruit that enjoy a lengthy ripening season afforded by the high altitudes. This blend is aged in French oak for 12 months. A bold, inky, muscular wine with lashings of dark blackcurrant fruit matched by chewy, sinewy tannins. Brooding aromas of raisined fruit are accompanied by hints of woodsmoke. To show at its best, allow to breathe for an hour or two, then serve with a charred steak.