This is a lighter style red wine with juicy red fruit flavours of raspberry and strawberry along with hints of cinnamon spice.
McLaren Vale + Barossa Valley
At release, the wine has a crimson red colour with dark rose hue to the edge.
There is an enticing perfume of black cherry and raspberry along with hints of white pepper and underlying Christmas spice.
This is a juicy, medium-bodied wine with flavours of raspberry, white pepper and earthy spice. Lingering fine tannins provide a sensation almost akin to spicy dried ginger on the back palate. The finish is both graceful and delectable.
Half of the blend was matured in new American oak and the remaining 50% was matured in a combination of both French and American oak (3 and 4 year old) for 8 months before final blending and bottling.
In McLaren Vale, the 2018 vintage is being touted as producing wines of excellent quality. The previous wet season set the vines up to be lush and healthy through the early part of this season and that boded well as the conditions throughout summer and into vintage were unusually dry. Favourable conditions ensued leading to perfect mild days and cool nights, perfect for harvest. In the Barossa Valley, the growing season started off well, with higher than average winter rainfall, however, spring rainfall was below average and the dry weather continued into December although flowering and fruit set progressed well. January and February were warm and dry again, with very warm temperatures in February slowing down the pace of ripening. With summer rainfall down on average, growers with access to water, soil moisture monitoring, good irrigation management and healthy soils experienced less vine stress and subsequently delivered excellent quality fruit with wonderful flavour development.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Single: 750ml bottle, Case: 6 x 750ml bottle