Colour: Deep plum with a crimson rim.
Bouquet:Lifted liqueur cherry, fresh raspberries and blackberries are infused with a Christmas pudding spice, dark, bitter chocolate, liquorice and hints of cedar.
Palate: A classic McLaren Vale combination of rich fruit, dark chocolate and an underlying earthiness. The palate shows both poise and power with a combination of structural and silky tannin and a shape, line and focus that will reward careful cellaring.
Harvested at optimal tannin and flavour ripeness, the separate fruit parcels from each vineyard were picked in small batches to maintain distinct different vineyard characters and fermented separately in two tonne open fermenters. Each ferment was tasted twice daily once fermentation commenced, to determine the level of hand plunging and maceration required during fermentation. At the required level of tannin and fruit extraction, each ferment was basket pressed with winemakers making the ‘press cut’ at the first sign of tannin hardness. After pressing, the wine was transferred to a tailored selection of French oak barriques and puncheons in which they completed malolactic fermentation. Following MLF, and several times thereafter, the individual wines are racked and returned. At the end of this program, the most outstanding vineyard parcels are barrel selected, blended and minimally filtered prior to going into bottle.
Region: McLaren Vale
Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Drink: Can be enjoyed upon release, but will live for 20+ years with careful cellaring.
Food Match: Slow cooked beef osso buco with rose winemary, parsnips and red wine.
Technical Details: pH 3.44 | T.A. 6.9g/L | ALC 14.5%
Winemakers: Paul Smith, Tom Ravech and Kelly Wellington