SHAFER TD-9 (Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec) 2018 CASE x 12 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | America | California | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
We are delighted to announce the latest releases from Shafer Vineyards, which includes the exceptional 2017 Hillside Select, and the fifth release of TD-9.
Founded in 1978, Shafer Vineyards is situated in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, east of the Silverado Trail and just north of the town of Napa. Although their main focus has always been luxuriant, richly textured Cabernet Sauvignons from their Stags Leap vineyards, they own and farm vineyards also in Carneros.
In recent years, we saw the introduction of TD-9; representing an evolution of Shafer Vineyards Merlot, which had been a cornerstone of their range for 30 years. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, TD-9 is fine and complex, whilst retaining the joyous, plush, generous fruit which characterised their varietal Merlot. The fourth vintage, 2018, is included in this offer.
Low fertility, hillside sites have always been a major priority, as has the adoption of the finest, low vigour rootstocks and clones, leading to extremely low yields of small intensely concentrated grapes. They are also passionate exponents of sustainable farming practices in which they eschew all forms of chemical sprays, and their vineyards teem with natural predators including bats, owls, and a variety of insects. The resulting raw materials are of the highest quality and provide them with numerous, stylistic options in the winery.
Winemaking, in the hands of Doug Shafer and Elias Fernandez, also follows a similar philosophy of allowing the fruit full expression and with a minimum of intervention.
Pandemic-allowing the wines will be shipped and available in Spring 2022.
56% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Malbec from Stags Leap District, Yountville and a vineyard in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains, just south of Stags Leap District. Aged for 20 months in a combination of Allier and Troncais barrels (100% new). A lengthy, cool, steady summer created ideal conditions for the fruit to hang on the vine a long time developing bold colour, enticing aromas, and vivid, complex flavours.
“The 2018 is an aromatic feast of summer berries, rose petal, rhubarb, raspberry, and black cherry jam. In the mouth this racy red blend is all juicy, briary red and black berry fruit that’s spicy and energetic with a structure of ripe tannins and a long, plush finish.” Over 14.9% alcohol. Shafer Vineyards tasting notes by Elias Fernandez, Winemaker
THE WINE ADVOCATE Rating: 91 points
Drink Date: 2021 - 2032
A blend of 58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Red Blend TD-9 displays a medium to deep garnet-purple color and expressive notes of blueberry compote, mulberries and plum preserves plus nuances of potpourri, dried Provence herbs and tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a lively backbone creating great tension with the ripe, plummy flavors and rounded tannins, finishing with an enticing herbal lift. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 18th Mar 2021.
Terms and Conditions
Offer - Subject to availability. No further discount applies.
Delivery - Spring 2022
Prices - include Freight, Duty, GST & Free Storage until 30th April 2022
Allocation - Demand will outstrip supply. In such instances we will give precedence to those who have bought the wine before.
Payment - As per our normal T&Cs.
E&OE - Errors & Ommisions Excepted