Maestro is part of the reserve series and represents the very best of the Bordeaux fruit, coming from some of the oldest plantings in the vineyard. As with all our reserves, this celebrated claret style wine is only made in exceptional years, the last being 2009. After being picked in May, the grapes began fermentation naturally in stainless steel tanks. During this process the juice was regularly drained and sprayed back over the cap of floating grape skins (rather than plunging), to ensure a perfect tannin balance was extracted from the fruit. The wine was then gently pressed off and put into French oak barriques (50% new). The following summer, when the weather warmed, it underwent a natural malo-lactic (secondary) fermentation. After maturing in oak for 2 years, the various batches were then carefully blended in varying portions to produce the most complex and balanced wine possible. The finished product is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet, and 10% Malbec.