Deep Blue 2019
Deep Blue 2019
Vineyard Region : Shanxi & Ningxia
Grape Variety : 70% Merlot, 28% Cabernet sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Length/Type of Fermentation :
Fruits source from our low yielding, self manage vineyards in Shanxi & Ningxia.
Deep Blue always be a cross-regional blend wine within Shanxi & Ningxia. Depending on the harvest condition, each year both vineyards perform differently making the blending prediction of this wine very challenging yet enjoyable.
A rather dry & cold vintage for Ningxia which offers good acidity & softness in the blend. For Shanxi, the year was unusually warm yet dry, resulting in the wine with remarkable structure, texture fullness & freshness.
Length/Type of Aging :
15 months barrel aging in French oak. 15% New French Oak + 20% 1 Year old oak + 65% 2 to 3 years old oak.
A small proportion of the wine were fermented in tradition concrete tanks.
Tasting Note :
Ripe cassis, plums and blue / black fruits are some of the signature characteristic from this harvest. The 15% new French oak as the supporting component sits together with the fruits profile rather than masking the wines. Merlot always an important (and key) component for this wine, as contributor to flavor such as plums, dark cherries, chocolate hint & juiciness profile on the palate. The palate texture is dense with sweet plummy fruits and packed with great amount of well define tannin & acidity.
Tasting Date : June 2021
Drinking: Drinking well upon release but will certainly age well over the next 8+ years under ideal cellar condition.
Decant for 30 minutes for early drinking (before 2022).
"Grace Vineyard Deep Blue" is a very personal wine for Judy. When She began at Grace Vineyard at 24 years old, she felt as though she was trying to survive in a vast ocean. Instead of being discouraged by the challenge ahead of her, she was inspired and strengthened (and a bit terrified!). The Book Blue Ocean Strategy showed her that being an outsider could be a strength, not a weakness, and helped her chart a course that she has been on ever since and this wine is named in the book's honor.
In 2008, Grace Vineyard Deep Blue was available to in-flight services of Cathay Pacific Airways first class and business class.
Awards (Grace Vineyard Deep Blue) :
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022 – Silver Medal.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 – Silver Medal.
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2021 – Silver Medal.
London Wine Competition 2022 - Silver Medal.
Gilbert & Gaillard International Competition 2016 - Gold Medal.
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