Olmo’s Reward is a deep crimson-red, with purple hues and an aromas of cedar and vanilla complimenting fragrant cherry, blueberry and dark stone fruit, with earthy undertones. The palate is complex and richly-concentrated with dark berries, plum and lifted floral notes coming to the fore. The tightly-woven palate has fine-grained tannins, cocoa and savory, earthy tones. The finish is generous and persistent. A very refined, beautifully-balanced and effortlessly elegant wine with the structure and fruit intensity to reward further cellaring.
Olmo’s Reward is named after Dr. Harold Olmo, the famed Californian viticulturist, who first identified the potential of the Frankland River region to grow and produce premium wines.
All four varieties used in the blend were dry-grown on mature vines in the Isolation Ridge vineyard. The vineyard sits on undulating northern- and eastern-facing slopes on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay subsoil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavors. The vines are trained on a Scott Henry and VSP Trellis System and trimmed to allow maximum sunlight penetration of the canopy during the growing season. Each variety was fermented separately and as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding, 26° C (78° F)in open fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and gently pumping over. The wines were blended on completion of malolactic fermentation and then aged for 18 months in 500 litre (132 gal) French Oak puncheons. Racking from the barrel allowed for minimal filtration before bottling.
Serving Hints This red blend is the perfect accompaniment for roasted meats and hearty game.