Of French origin, at home in Bordeaux. In our area it is the second most prevalent red variety. Typically intense ruby red in colour with purple hues. Its distinctive aroma is of herbs add blackberries, and obtains prune and vanilla notes when matured in oak barrels. Structurally it's a wine rich in body combining fruit and vegetable flavours which through the ripening process become sweet tannins, soft, rich and full on the palate. It may be aged for 10 years or more.