55% Merlot 40% Touriga 5% Chambourcin
Initially the Touriga seems to be the dominant varietal due to the earthy accents and notes of grilled meats and charred oak. Upon aeration however, the Merlot comes to the fore with pretty red fruits, marked by a heavy hint of ripe strawberries intertwined with cranberry. The wine is very subtle and the tannins are well integrated, allowing the fruit and character of the grape to shine. The wine has good acid, balancing out the subtle oak influences with the fruit coming across in a much sweeter way than normal Consensus wines. The weight and body of the wine is medium, meaning that this wine is quite approachable young, with cellaring not recommended more than 3-5 years.
A truly democratic wine, “made by the people for the people”. Consensus is an annual red wine blend crafted by the Keswick Vineyards Wine Club. Each year Keswick Vineyards hold a competition that sees several hundred contestors forming small teams and competing for the best red wine blend. Each day of the competition Wine Club members both blend and judge in blind tastings, earning scores between 1-20. The team with the highest score moves on to the second round of judging. After all teams have tasted and scored wines, the 'daily winners' that moved onto the second round of judging are recreated and judged by professional wine critics from around the state. Each vintage of Consensus has the winning team represented on the label, along with all the other finalists.
Each of the varietals received a similar treatment before being transferred to open top fermentation tanks. Various yeast strains were chosen, with the fermentation period not exceeding two weeks for any lot. This was done in order to ensure a softer more approachable style of wine. The free and press fractions were combined and the wines were matured for 7 months in 50% American and 50% French oak, all of which were 3 years or older. Blending took place a few days before bottling and received a light filtration to remove any remaining lees.
357 cases produced.