Generous ripe fruit flavours of the Clare Valley are balanced with elegant, fine tannins, lifted mint character and velvety finish of the Coonawarra.
Clare Valley 56% / Coonawarra 44%
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.
On the palate, this is a rich, full-bodied wine with intense flavours of cassis and blackberry fruit along with attractive oak characters of cigar box and tobacco leaf. Overall, the wine is well balanced with complex, well-integrated, elegant tannins providing structure and an intense, persistent length to the finish.
The wine was matured for 12 months in premium American oak followed by fining, minimal filtration and then bottling.
In the Clare Valley, the growing season was warm and dry for vintage 2018, the only year in recent times warmer was 2016, which produced some excellent wines. One of the great things about this vintage, though, was that we avoided major heatwaves during vintage and so to that end, vintage was relatively calm and controlled. Overall, our winemaking team are very excited about the quality of the wines. The Coonawarra vintage generally delivered superb conditions, leading to fruit of outstanding quality being harvested. The winter and spring rainfall leading into the season was excellent with good conditions for fruit set. The yields were moderate and the slow, cool ripening delivered fruit with fine tannins and strong varietal flavours.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Single: 750ml bottle, Case: 6 x 750ml bottle