Rendezvous has a brilliant core of deep ruby colour with a delicate nose hinting at sweet notes of pastry. On the palate, the wine reveals a ripe tannin structure that is both harmonious and flattering, leading to a supple approachability. It finishes with an energised backbone that sings of minerality from the hillsides’ granitic soils.
The 2009 Vintage
The 2009 growing season began with a long, cool and wet spring, followed by a warm July. Fortunately, flowering was successful and August and September provided ideal ripening conditions. Harvest began in mid-September with the Merlot and continued through the end of a cool October with the Cabernet Sauvignon. As a result, the wines show great finesse and balance, expressing a vintage void of excesses.
About RdV Vineyards Rendezvous
Average yields are 35 hectolitres per hectare, the clusters are hand harvested into lugs and stored for 24 hours in a refrigerated room at 5C before the fruit goes through a rigorous triple sorting and is gravity feed into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. All tanks are sized to the appropriate vineyard block (35-46 hl) enabling each parcel to be fermented separately. Fermentation and extraction procedures are adapted to vintage and phenolic ripeness. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in unison with alcoholic fermentation or completed in barrique. The lots are blended in the early spring following harvest to form RdV and Rendezvous and are then aged for approximately 18 months in 100% new French oak; after bottling, the wines age for an additional 6 to 8 months prior to their release.