||Clare Valley 59% / McLaren Vale 41%
||At release, the wine has a deep cerise red colour to the centre with a vibrant purple hue to the edges
||There are lifted aromas of black plum and blackberry fruit along with a hint of coffee bean and spice.
||In the Clare Valley, rainfall was below average for the season leading up to vintage 2016 but it was not the amount that had the biggest impact; it was the timing. Mother Nature saw fit to dole out just the right amount of water at just the right time for maximum positive impact. In fact, this was just one of the factors at play when it comes to the vintage being lauded as one of the greats. Firstly, the vines were stress free heading into the winter period, creating the potential for a superior crop. Secondly, conditions were ideal during flowering and then lastly, the threat of frost did not eventuate. All these conditions combined to create what can be described as the perfect vintage. In McLaren Vale, the growing season saw lower than average winter rainfall followed by long dry periods. Spring was warm and dry which promoted good shoot growth and even flowering. At the beginning of February, the region received double the average monthly rainfall over two days due to one storm. However, far from having a negative effect, the intense rain increased the yields at harvest and relieved any water stress on the vines. Shiraz again standing out as one of those varieties that traditionally fare well in dry seasons.
||The wine was matured in American oak hogsheads (30% 1 year old and 70% 2-3 year old for 14 months before being bottled.
||Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.