Brickred, purple hues.
Lifted, perfumed nose, hints of charred oak alongside blue and red berry aromas.
The medium-bodied palate exhibits bright, fresh blueberry and ripe plum characters, complemented by layers of sweet vanillin oak. The fine tannin structure promotes persistence of intensity and gently finishes soft and smooth.
Abundant winter rainfall leading into the 18 vintage filled dams and promoted vine canopy growth. A cool spring resulted in slower maturity but promoted fruit flavours in both whites and reds. Occasional rainfall during the harvest period provided some challenges. However, a dedicated viticultural team helped procure clean fruit despite disease pressure. Reds benefited greatly from a warm and dry Autumn and have resulted in some of our ripest reds for some years.
The fruit was handpicked, then destemmed in the winery to small fermenters for a 3-day cold soak. Gentle maceration techniques during fermentation promote ripe berry flavours and minimal extraction of grape seed tannins. Pressed off skins post fermentation into new and seasoned French Oak hogsheads for nine months maturation. Bottled early promoting freshness.