2016 was a classically cool and damp Clare Valley vintage with lower than average daytime temperatures and periodic rainfall occurring before and over the harvest time. This slowed the ripening process and allowed our winemaking team to harvest each parcel at optimal maturity.
Small parcels were placed into open fermenters, then basket pressed into a careful selection of new and seasoned French Oak barrels for eighteen months, before being bottled un-fined and unfiltered. Purposeful yet considered use of traditional winemaking techniques alongside modern practices contribute to the 'old world' feel of the wine.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues and brilliant appearance.
A nose perfectly in sync; the lifted red fruits, dark cherries, mint and cassis in unison with the charry French oak, fine-grained tannins and balanced acidity.
Well-rounded and carrying forward most of the flavours from the nose onto the sculptured palate; the dark cherries, cassis, and blueberry notes and subtle French oak enhancements all coming together in a long and satisfying finish.