Deep crimson in colour with purple hues
A very complex yet attractive nose of dark cherries, exotic spice and savoury earthy notes with an underlying bitter chocolate/mocha character. The aromatics are deeply concentrated with rich brambly fruits yet contained by fine, white pepper, cloves and freshly milled ground spice characters. The wine shows great varietal definition with a complex array of flavours for Shiraz. The oak offers some dusty/toasty depth but is entirely secondary.
The palate delivers sweet, dense ripe fruit of cherries and turkish delight but well harnessed by fine tannins and some structural French Oak. Long seamless wine with good mouthfeel and powdery texture. Full-bodied and powerful, this wine is designed to age over the next 8-10 years.
Fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness, with parcels fermented separately ans assessed individually to achieve correct tannin and colour extraction. Small batch fermentation and hand plunging resulted in greater finesse and balance, before the wine was pressed off a small basket press for gentle extraction and integration of tannins. Other parcels were fermented in rotary vinomatics and pressed off using a pneumatic membrane press. The wines were allocated between new and old French and American oak for secondary (MLF) fermentation. The wines were matured in barrel for 16 months prior to being blended, fined and filtered.
99% Shiraz, 1% Viognier
Designed to age over the next 8-10 years
49% French Oak, 51% American Oak - 16 months (23% new, 77% old)