||Clare Valley 55% / McLaren Vale 45%
||At release, the wine has a deep crimson red colour to the centre with a vibrant purple hue to the edges.
||There are lifted aromas of red berry and cherry fruit along with subtle black olive and spice.
||In the Clare Valley, the growing season saw average autumn and winter rainfalls on the Taylor family estate vineyards. Although spring was relatively dry, the vine vigour was still good due to the presence of subsurface moisture from the regular winter rain events and in addition the relatively calm conditions during the spring period reduced the evapotranspiration of the vines. Summer started dry and warm but not overly hot although from mid-January to mid-February this changed with very hot conditions prevailing until the 14th February when a downpour occurred, slowing the ripening of grapes considerably allowing for full flavour development.
For McLaren Vale summer conditions were significantly warmer than average with two heat waves through January and one in February tested the limits of grapevine tolerance. Equally damaging were high winds which reduced berry set, stripped leaves and reduced the size of canopies and increased the level of fruit exposure. This was followed by some very hot days. Then relief appeared in the form of rain in February which rehydrated vines and freshened up vine leaves. The rain also signaled the beginning of a pattern of cooler daytime temperatures which allowed fruit to finish ripening during some relatively moderate temperatures. The moisture boost also fortunately helped improve fruit balance and slow ripening period allowed flavour development to catch back up to sugar ripeness.
||The wine was matured in a mixture of American oak hogshead & barrique barrels (30% 1 year old, 70% 2-3 year old) for 10 - 12 months before being fined, filtered & bottled
||Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.