||Clare Valley 64% / Coonawarra 36%
||At release, the wine has a deep ruby red colour to the centre with a youthful purple hue to the edges.
||There are lifted aromas of dark blackcurrant fruit along with subtle choc-mint and a hint of eucalypt.
||This is a full-bodied, complete wine with smooth silky tannins across the palate. Ripe flavours of blackcurrant and cassis abound, followed by subtle secondary French oak characters of cedar and spice. The tannins are fine and elegant and the finish is long and persistent.
||Vintage 2009 was near on perfect in the Clare Valley. It was characterized by optimal growing conditions and soil moisture levels near full capacity due to the welcome winter rains. Mild weather continued during December and January, gradually warming to the point where we experienced a severe heat-wave. Thankfully the vines had not yet begun veraison, so in the heat, they simply shut down for a few days. Strong canopies protected the fruit and mature leaves withstood the high temperatures. Fortunately, when the heat subsided the region experienced perfect ripening weather with mild days and cool nights. The wines from vintage 2009 are exceptionally well balanced; showing rich, varietal fruit flavours. In the Coonawarra, winter rainfall in the lead up was average, giving good soil moisture levels for budburst in early spring. Conditions during spring were dry with minimal frost and no disease pressures allowing for excellent vine canopy development. The vines resilience was tested in January with four consecutive days of record hot temperatures; however, the healthy canopies shielded most varieties from any major damage. Vintage temperatures were slightly below average providing a long slow ripening period for the reds.
||The wine was matured in French oak barrels (10% 1 year old, 90% a combination of 1 and 2 year old) for a period of 12 months before being bottled.
||Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.