An elegant, perfumed expression of the Yarra Valley, this wine is well structured, full of juicy red fruit and violet characters, superbly balanced with smooth tannins.
At release, the wine has a cherry red colour to the centre with a vibrant purple hue to the edges.
There is a delicate perfume of Kirsch and dried strawberry with underlying dried bouquet garni.
This is a light to medium-bodied wine with a supple yet generously flavoured palate. On the palate, there is vibrant red fruit flavours with hints of tart raspberry and lithe tannins. The finish is long, graceful and wonderfully persistent
The wine was matured in French oak barrels (50% 1 year old, 50% a combination of 2 and 3 year old) for a period of 10 to 12 months before being bottled.
In the Yarra Valley, dry conditions prevailed in the lead up to the season with a very warm spring leading to an early but even bud burst across all varieties. Warm weather in December and early January further hastened ripening. The second half of January and February were benign with good warmth but no excessive heat. A much appreciated strong rain event in late January kept vines hydrated and healthy. The effect of this weather forced an acceleration of ripening but also a retention of fresh acidity due to the cool nights. The winemakers report generous characters in the wines from this vintage.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Single: 750ml bottle, Case: 6 x 750ml bottle