The vineyards elevated position, cool nights and warm days during the harvest period, has defined the wines elegance, flavour ripeness and distinctive regional and varietal characters, in this highly prized Clare Valley Cabernet.
Matching new technologies with traditional vinification techniques such as basket pressing, ageing each separate parcel in a combination of new and more seasoned French oak casks for sixteen months and bottling the final cuvee both unfined and unfiltered has given the wine additional complexity and cellaring potential.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Multilayered and intense, with attractive flavours of cherries and blackberries, subtle leafiness and hints of emerging cigarbox combining on the nose, further enhanced by smoky oak char.
Pitch perfect with seductively polished tannins, dark fruit flavours and textural consistency, with juicy cassis, bell pepper, and lingering oak persistence.
This year, our Rosé was made as a cuveé of two old grenache vineyards, one adjacent the old Watervale Hotel and the other, a vineyard in Leasingham that was planted in 1944.
Both vineyards are well suited to making Rosé, possessing larger, juicier berries that have lower skin to juice ratios, thus maximising flavour. Both vineyards are hand pruned and hard harvested and managed in a very sustainable way.
Picked earlier that would otherwise for a fuller bodied red wine, both vineyards were harvested around 12.5 degrees Baumé to ensure freshness and a savoury to red cherry flavour spectum was achieved. Only given one hour skin contact, both parcels were gently pressed off and cold settled before fermenting cool at 13 degrees for 3 weeks. The ferment was stopped leaving 2.6 grams per litre of natural grape sugar with 0.5% dry grown Mataro blended in to introduce some additional spicy and savoury notes.
Pale salmon pink in colour with brillant clarity and appearance.
Red cherries, fresh picked strawberries and a hint of potpourri combine on the nose.
A very inviting and fresh wine, bringing together the flavours of red cherries, oriental spices and rose petals, beautifully balanced with zesty natural acidity and a touch of naturally retained grape sweetness. Although made to enjoy whilst young, additional benefit will be attained from one to two years of careful cellaring.
$44.00The Covenant is composed from selected vineyards located in the Clare Valley. An excellent season and vintage for Shiraz in the Clare Valley, the generally warm and dry conditions of 2014 maximising the flavour potential of all the fruit parcels whilst the regions famed elevation, providing cool night time temperatures ensuring elegance and long cellaring potential.
Selected parcels of handpicked fruit were fermented separately from five vineyards across the region and allowed to age for 18 months in small French oak casks before final blending and bottling.
Brick read in colour with youthful crimson hues.
A complex and flavoursome nose, featuring dark fruits, kitchen spices, feral olives and charcuterie further enhanced by wood smoke and French oak char.
A classic Clare Shiraz, that perfectly captures the regions unique terroir and personality. A full throttled fruit style, round in the mouth yet tempered and elegant in its finish. Brimming with dark chocolate, red fruits and tasty meats, the classy French oak inflluences and dense tannins providing further interest and intrigue.
$33.00Our Block's Road cuvee is a careful blend of two 43 year old vineyards located in the Leasingham sub region of the Clare Valley.
With the cool nights, warm days and mostly dry conditions perfect in slowing down the ripening process, elevating the distinctive regional fruit characters, varietal complexity and elegant tannin structures.
Traditional vinification methods, including basket pressing, open fermentation and ageing in a combination of new and seasoned French oak casks, furthering the wines interest and cellaring potential.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Classy notes of red fruits, cigar box, tight cedary oak and hints of garden mint seductively combine on the nose.
Beautifully crafted palate, featuring the flavours of blackcurrents, red fruits and chocolates, well supported by subtle oak chariness and fine grained tannins in a lingering and satisfying finish.
As a variety, Semillon is so well suited to the Clare Valley, just like Riesling, it benefits from the elevated landscapes, fertile soils and higher natural rainfall of the region. 2015 was another standout vintage, with the early, drier than average start to the growing season, saved by substantial rainfall in January and three weeks of cool weather leading up to the harvest in early February.
One hundred percent barrel fermentation and maturation for six months in new and one year old French oak barrels has complemented and enhanced the fresh varietal vineyard characteristics of the Semillon grape; citrus and cut grass. Twice weekly battonage (lees stirring) has added to the wines complexity and creamy palate structure.
Very pale straw in colour with brilliant clarity and youthfeel green tints.
Floral notes, hints of cut grass, lemon essence and subtle oak spices flood the nose.
The delicate flavours of lemon curd, French oak creaminess and zesty natural acidity are classic features of the wines lingering finish. Fresh and lively in its youth but possessing serious ageing potential with careful cellaring.