2017 Opus One
Decanter 96 ~ A fist of late summer cherries, raspberry and bilberry fruits set out their stall, all with the juicy character that confirms, even in a hot vintage like 2017, Opus can deliver balance and sculpted elegance. Beautiful grip, creamy texture with a strikingly powerful tannic frame. As the wine stays in the glass the floral aromatics begin to bloom up. A brilliant Opus. 20 days maceration - around half what it would have been a decade ago. 54 percent native yeast, as part of their native yeast project. 5 percent Merlot and 1 percent Malbec complete the blend. Harvest spread out over September 5 to October 8, just before the fires, by which time they had less than 10 percent of the fruit still out on the vines. 3.7pH.