The namesake of this wine was another prominent red - James Douglas, the 4th Earl of Morton and Regent of Scotland from 1572 to 1578. Tantallon Castle, was the seat of the Red Douglases who were one of the most commanding baronial families in Scotland for over 300 years.
Our wine, The Regent of Tantallon is just as commanding as the Red Douglases. Born in 2009, it is slightly younger yet still displays all the characteristics fit to mingle with nobility. Produced using grapes from our Tantallon vineyard, based in the Hawkes Bay.
A masterful Bordeaux-style blend that portrays all the traits of a great leader – courage and softness (Merlot), combined with powerful forward leadership (Cabernet Sauvignon).
Layered with complexity, with dark fruits, dried herb, and cedar. No filtration has given the wine amazing depth of flavour and concentration. Berry fruits, spice, and tobacco layered over fine tannins leading to a long, delicious finish.
The grapes were harvested from the Tantallon vineyard and transported to our Riverview winery where they were crushed to open topped stainless steel fermentation vessels and inoculated with a range of yeast strains.
The ferments were hand plunged several times per day until dry and then allowed from 2 to 14 days extended maceration. The wine was then pressed off the skins and put to barrel where it was aged for 30 months before blending. The wine was then transported by road tanker to our Katikati winery for final blending and finishing. Bottling was in June 2020.
This Regent of Tantallon is a testament to Leveret Estate’s ability and to offer super premium red wine that is in peak form. Long term aging under anaerobic conditions at critically controlled temperatures has created a wine that shows aromatic complexity combined with the body and silkiness that can only come with careful cellaring. This limited-edition wine was only bottled in larger Magnum format bottles.