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.
This is a luscious wine with layers of flavours of dark berry fruit, ripe cherries and plum along with attractive oak characters of roasted coffee beans and spice. Overall, the wine is well balanced with well-integrated tannins providing the palate with firm structure and persistent length.
The growing season leading up to vintage 2019 saw lower than average winter and spring rainfall. This, along with some hail and frost events, affected yields overall. There were some extreme weather conditions during the growing season, including the lowest temperature recorded in spring and the highest ever temperature in summer, but overall, the vines showed great resilience and wine quality is strong with intense flavours and colours across the classic Clare Valley varieties. In McLaren Vale, the conditions leading up to vintage 2019 were dry. These conditions, in combination with a hail event in November and hot weather in January and February resulted in both an overall reduction in harvest yields along with a corresponding increase in fruit flavour profiles intensity.
The wine was matured in a mixture of coopers’ American oak hogsheads (30% 1 year old and 70% 2-3 year old for an average of 12 months before being bottled.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.