Colour: Deep Crimson
Bouquet: Dark plums and rich coffee come out of this brooding Shiraz.
Palate: Intense blackberry, stewed plums and cinnamon spice notes shine through with a chocolate syrup density. Silky elegant tannins weave through the richness giving length. A full bodied, Margaret River styled Shiraz from a warmer vintage.
Vinification: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning, destemmed and placed in two open fermenters. Inoculated with a Rhone yeast and the cap hand plunged up to four times a day. Delestage, the gentle extraction of phenolic compounds by oxygenating the juice, took place over two days to enhance flavour and build structure. After 8 days primary ferment finished and the wine was kept on extended skins for a further fourteen days. Post maceration the must was drained and basket pressed off to tank where it underwent a malolactic fermentation which helps soften the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of 50% new and 50% one and two year old French barriques, and left to mature for 18 months. Blended and bottled in November 2021.
2020 Vintage Rating 9/10: After a wet winter, the region enjoyed an early start to the season, with warmer than average spring temperatures evolving into the perfect summer growing conditions. Low disease pressure, timely flowering of native Marri trees to keep the birds at bay and little to no rain meant that growers could literally “take their pick” when they wanted. Vintage 2020 in Margaret River was a real treat for viticulturists with the only downside of note being the lower than normal yields across all varieties, resulting in one of the smallest harvests in recent years. Yet here is the silver lining… the lower yields have resulted in exceptional fruit that is physiologically ripe and shows divine concentration of aromas and flavours. While the 2020 vintage from Margaret River will be in scarce supply, it will be a very special vintage to look out for.