Lifted aromas of traditional blackcurrant, cassis, hints of ripe raspberry with seductive clove and black olive tapenade and finishing with cedar woods and notes.
A rich mid palate dominated by blackcurrant and succulent red berry acidity, combine to create an elegant medium bodied wine, finishing with fine silky tannins. This exceptional wine can be enjoyed now, or will develop more complexity in the bottle
The 2014 vintage represents the regions 8th successive year of favorable weather conditions across all varietals. There was minimal rain fall in the summer period, less than the average of 4%. The growing season was very typical of an excellent season, in terms of warm, sunny conditions with a mild ocean breeze, resulting in minimal disease pressure. There was ample Marri blossom thus bird damage was kept to a minimum, however we still netted the vines.
The grapes were picked during the cool of the morning, sorted to remove berries that had not reach optimal ripeness, destemmed and placed in an open fermenter. Inoculated with a Bordeaux yeast strain to retain pure fruit aromas and hand plunged up to four times a day, for 12 days. An additional 15 days on skins ensured further gentle extraction of colour and flavour and more complex tannins. The wine was then gently basket pressed direct to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Once racked the wine was then returned to 100% new French Barriques to mature for 16 months. Blended and bottled in November 2015 with the use of no fining agents to ensure fruit purity was retained. This exceptional wine can be enjoyed now; or will develop more complexity in the bottle. Cellaring 15+ year.
up to 15 years.
Deep dark red.