The 2017 vintage was a cool and wet one, a season when harvest dates were pushed back well into late February and throughout March. The higher rainfall and cooler conditions promoting bright red fruit notes, intense flavours, classy tannins and the retention of natural acidity, all of which contribute to the wines classic Clare Valley profile, varietal character and ageing potential.
The Leasingham Valley’s north / south orientation allowing the vineyards to enjoy morning and afternoon sunshine during the ripening period providing full control over the ripening process.
All parcels were vinified using traditional methods in small open topped fermenters before basket pressing to a range of new and seasoned French oak casks. After fifteen months maturation, the final cuvee’ was assembled and bottled without fining or filtration.
Brick red in colour with bright crimson hues.
Dark fruits, sweeter cassis, a touch of mint and riper red fruits combine harmoniously on the nose. Perfectly supported and enhanced by the subtle charry oak in the background.
Often described as the perfect Aussie red blend, the unique characters of both varieties come together, the cassis, black fruits, spicy oak notes and darker plum flavours in perfect sync, a rich tapestry in a layered and persistent finish.