Colour, Nose, Palate
This deeply coloured wine has a vibrant lift of licorice, dark cherries, aniseed and spice. The three Shiraz vineyards provide a complex, balanced wine that is layered with fruit. The restrained oak, licorice, dark cherries, Christmas plum, savoury spice and chalky tannins provide a refreshing display of Shiraz flavours.
Cellaring potential: This wine is impressive in its youth, but has the potential to develop in the cellar until 2018.
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The vineyards which contribute to this blend are all selected from the western ranges of Barossa Valley. Early harvesting helps retain freshness, natural acidity and encourages a balanced wine without the higher alcohol. The fruit was destemmed into 6600 litre oak vats with 7% of the fruit retained as wholebunch. After a warm 10 – 14 day ferment, the wine was pressed, racked off gross lees and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation (MLF) in the same large oak vats used to ferment the wine. Following MLF the wines were racked, sulphured and elevaged for a further 10 months in the large oak vats before the final blend was assembled and bottled.
Viticultural & vinification notes