The luscious elegance of the Clare Valley fruit marries superbly with the slightly peppery fruit from McLaren Vale.
Clare Valley 72% / McLaren Vale 28%
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 oak regime employed for this wine is 80% new & 20% 1 year old French oak (tight-grained which is air seasoned for 3 years), sourced from Louis Latour, a specialist Burgundian supplier. After 10 months of oak maturation, then minimal fining and filtration, the wine was bottled.
In the Clare Valley, the growing season was characterised as warm and dry for vintage 2018, the only year in recent times warmer was 2016, which produced some excellent, award-winning wines. One of the great things about this vintage, though, was that we avoided any major heatwaves during vintage which can be very damaging and so to that end, vintage was relatively calm and controlled. Overall, our winemaking team are very excited about the quality of the wines from this vintage. 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.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Single: 750ml bottle, Case: 6 x 750ml bottle