Production 400 dozen / 4800 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 8th and 18th of April and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked on 18th 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 2018.
Technical Data: Alc. 13.2% pH 3.5 TA 6.0 g/l
2017 Vintage: The spring of 2016 was much cooler and wetter and this combined with the cooler conditions in early 2017 have seen Vintage 2017 be a more traditional Margaret River vintage. The yields for most white varieties were strong and harvest began later in February continuing well into March capturing the bright, fragrant aromas. The slower ripening has resulted in superb whites with excellent flavour profiles.
Vintage Rating 8/10
Awards and Reviews:
“A lighter-bodied rendition of this classic blend. Boysenberry, mint and black cherry flavours spark brightly through the palate. It will cellar but it’s best consumed soonish.” Campbell Mattinson – Published 01 August 2019
90 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2020