Intense brooding, dark berry fruits and floral characters with hints of spice and leaf. Forest floor earthy complexities; give a savoury tone underlying the pristine fruit.
A rich and concentrated palate, with dark cherry and plum fruit characters intermingling with savoury, earthy notes. The fruit flavour persists long through the finish, with elegant fine tannins and hints of violets and herbs.
. The overall yields were down but,
the quality was excellent. The winter was warmer and wetter
than usual, securing water supplies for the entirety of the
season. The January and February growing periods were
dry and sunny without any extreme heat events. White
varieties were picked early with great sugar accumulation,
well matched with seed ripeness and flavour
development. The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon varieties
show intense varietal characteristics and crisp natural
acidity on the palate accompanied by a citrus to lemon and
lime fruit aromas on the nose. Chardonnay is a stand out,
showing great fruit flavours and a nice balanced acidity the
chardonnay flavours cover the spectrum from early summer
stonefruit, with a fine contour of citrus.
Two parcels of Shiraz were havested for this wine, one from
the Summus Vineyard (Wilyabrup) and the other from our
Carbunup vineyard. The fruit was destemmed to static
fermenters and open fermenters, the whole berries partially
undergoing some carbonic maceration during fermentation.
The wines were pumped over twice daily for the tanks, and
hand plunged three times daily when in the open
fermenters. Part of the wine was fermented to dryness on
skins and pressed after 14 days, the balance pressed a little
earlier and allowed to finish fermentation in barrel. The
wine completed MLF in barrel and matured for 14 months
in 20% new French barriques. Minimal fining only with egg
white prior to bottling.
Deep purple/red in colour.