Blackcurrant and crushed leaf flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon are the dominant varietal characters here with a perfume of violets and a savoury, slightly rustic touch of Touriga also providing a little bit of grip. A unique and satisfying red to partner food now and over the next decade.
There are three distinct soil types at the top middle and bottom sections of the hillside, so we find different characteristics from each of the vineyard sections giving added complexity and interest to the wine we make.
Our South Australian vintage was excellent, with good yields of above average quality. After a late start to harvest, McLaren Vale was terrific, well-balanced vines, good crop levels of fantastic colour and flavour.
Harvested fully ripe, individual varietal parcels were processed separately, crushed to a combination of open and closed fermenters, with regular pump-overs and plunging during fermentation. Pressed to stainless steel tanks where the wine underwent its secondary malolactic fermentation then rolled down to a mixture of barrique, hogshead and large format French oak. Blending was completed on the bench, working with individual components to create the final blend. Bottled in October 2016.
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