2015 Kelly Fleming BIG POUR 750
In 2015, a combination of warm winter temperatures and the ongoing drought caused the season to kick off early, with bud break occurring around March 15th on the Estate. Bloom, or the flowering period, was met by a cold, foggy spring. The cooler spring temperatures slowed down the flowering process, and berries weren’t fully formed and set until mid-May. The berries that did form were quite small and concentrated. July and August brought a few short heat spikes with temperatures over 100 degrees. A heat spike that occurred during the start of September was the last push needed to fully ripen the grapes.
The 2015 Big Pour makes a statement on the nose with gorgeous blueberry and fig jam components laced with savory sage and tobacco. This dynamic and full-bodied wine bursts with juicy cherry on the palate, alongside darker hints of blackberry and cassis and strikes the ideal balance texturally, with a prominent yet finely woven structure. The final blend is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Malbec. The larger Syrah component is deeply felt in this wine. The secondary notes of black olive, fig jam and incense, and black pepper are very reminiscent of the Syrah grape on its own, so it’s interesting to see how it has co-mingled with the structure and the seriousness of the Cabernet. Energetic and versatile, with a lingering dark chocolate and cherry character, this Cabernet blend is a true testament to the stunning 2015 vintage.