Production 370 dozen / 4400 bottles
Colour: Deep dark red with purple hues.
Bouquet: Smoky plums with dark chocolate high notes.
Palate: Medium bodied with cherry, raspberry, rich soft dark berry fruits, hints of blackcurrant and briary nuances with a lingering red berry acidity with a fine finish. A classic Australian blend made in a medium bodied style. A sprinkling of pepper and spice on the finish with fine dusty tannins. Enjoy now or will continue to mellow over the next five years. A perfect barbeque wine!
Harvest: The Shiraz grapes were picked on the 1st and 20th of March and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked on 27th March and 6th April.
Vinification: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning, destemmed and placed in two open fermenters. Innoculated with a neutral yeast and the cap plunged up to four times a day, by hand. After 10 days the wine was kept on extended skins for a further ten days. Then the wine was drained and the must basket pressed off to tank where it underwent a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of one and two year old French barriques, then left to mature for 10 months. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Shiraz. Bottled in July 2017.
Technical Data: Alc. 13.7% pH 3.5 TA 6.1 g/l
2016 Vintage: The Margaret River region had an abundant winter and spring rainfall, but little or no rain from November until mid-March, with significant rainfall over three days. Due to a combination of bushfires and reduced Marri blossom, the birds were keen for more than their fair share of the grapes. An all timed netting schedule ensured the damage from our fine feathered friends was minimised. Across the region yields were low due to poor flowering and fruit set, however the exceptional quality of our fruit more than compensated for the loss in quantity.
Vintage Rating 9/10
New Release July 2017