Price per bottle: $30.00
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Cellar: Drink well now and can be cellared for a decade
Dark black/purple core with crimson/magenta rm. Lifted aromatics wonderful freshness with layers of plum, black olive, lavender and plush cherries. The usual suspects you have come to expect from this wine all feature: mocha, dark chocolate and black fruits whilst the obvious notes of the vintage are black olive and some undertones of lavender. The obvious fruit weight works harmoniously with the alcohol, which is evident, but just a passenger and the tannins are soft and fine on the finish while the acid works seamlessly to give length and balance. Despite being a big wine it has a freshness to it highlighting the quality of fruit used and its purity.
Sourced from a single vineyard in Greenock on the western side of the Barossa Valley, from vines aged up to 50 years. The Shiraz grapes were individually picked out in the vineyard for their exceptional quality and picked on the 13th of February separately to the rest of the vineyard. The grapes were hand picked and delivered to the winery and gently worked through the de-stemmer before being transferred to an open fermenter with 20% whole berries. The juice is pumped over twice a day for seven days to extract, homogenize and regulate temperature before draining and loading the basket press. The skins are then gently pressed for approximately 20 hours to retrieve more of the essence of the grape. This juice is then blended with the juice collected earlier. After the wine has completed its malolactic ferment, it is matured in new and seasoned American and French oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling.
Wine Showcase Magazine
“Pretty plum aromas and palate has lovely sweet berry flavours. Nice lift of acidity and good finish."
"There is a savory flare to dense plum and blackberry on the nose that’s accentuated by bitter chocolate and a faint sweetness of oak. The balance that has been struck between French and American oak is masterful, the French gives spice and structure, with the American giving tannin and velvety richness to deeply concentrated black fruits.
The length to finish is significant with blackberry compote interjected by gentle spice and a moreish line of acidity that keeps the wine fresh and focused before drying, tarry black fruits take over with unsweetened liquorice. A wine built for the long term."