||Clare Valley 68% / Coonawarra 32%
||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 rich full-bodied wine that will benefit from time in the bottle. It is a well-balanced wine across the palate with fine, elegant tannins – the hallmark of great Cabernet. Ripe flavours of blackcurrant and cassis delight with subtle savoury French oak characters of cedar and spice. The finish is long and persistent.
||The 2010 growing season in the Clare Valley commenced with above average winter/spring rainfall. During flowering in November an unprecedented heat wave occurred; the Clare Valley experienced 13 consecutive days above 30?C. This heat-wave coincided with the peak of vine flowering, which resulted in reduced yields across almost all varieties at harvest. The heat-wave was finally broken by some much needed rainfall, which reinvigorated the vines enabling them to start growing again. While temperatures were a little higher than average during late January and February, the evenings and mornings were cool and mild, contributing to favourable sugar and flavour ripening conditions across the red varieties.
In the Coonawarra, the 2010 vintage showed great promise, with above average winter rainfall giving good soil moisture levels for budburst in early spring. Favourable conditions continued during spring with minimal frost and settled flowering conditions allowing for excellent vine canopy development and fruit set. During November, much of South Australia experienced a protracted ?ot spell? however most vineyards in Coonawarra were spared from damage as bunch development was still at an early stage. Strategic crop manipulation and reduction was widespread across the district to ensure fruit development was optimum. With a return to more stable weather patterns during January and February, our key varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz exhibited the benefit of slow maturity; ripe tannins and flavours of a high standard showing vibrant varietal distinction.
||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.