The nose is strikingly perfumed with ripe mulberries, blackberries and redcurrants lifted by a
hint of both star anise and sage. The background expression of mocha and vanillin from
selected Tronçais French oak barrels integrates well with the opulent fruit flavours.
Medium to full bodied in the mouth, with significant density of flavour. The tannins are fine,
providing a silky, linear transition from the front to the back of the palate. The sweetness of
fruit and the suppleness of the tannins are integrated with the blackcurrant, mulberry and
redcurrant fruit flavours. Finely balanced, complete and with great charm; the wine’s retronasal
persistence and length of flavour are stupendous.
A wet and warm spring extended well into December and made for a late start to a gentle
summer. These wet conditions coincided with flowering and contributed to poor fruit set and
consequent low yields in most varieties. The vintage finished in warm and dry autumn
conditions that proved near perfect for ripening. The resulting red wines show powerful and
focused fruit with ample ripe tannins.
The two blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon that make the Suckfizzle are hand-picked and vinified
separately. A portion of each block remains on skins for an extended maceration period with
the remaining portions pressed to tank. The malolactic fermentation occurs in tank and on
Maturation occurs in a selection of French tonnellerie’s barriques for 28 months. The length of
time in oak is extended to ensure full integration of the oak and fruit tannins in the wine.
Hues of deep red.
Chargrilled Eye Fillet with a balsamic glaze.