Complex and elegant, offering rich fruit characters of cassis and blackcurrant with earthy nuances. French oak giving hints of cedar and tobacco to finish.
At release, the wine is a deep, dark garnet colour with a subtle purple hue to the edge.
On the palate it is a very well-balanced wine with ripe blackcurrant characters, along with chocolate and mint intermingling harmoniously with oak characters of cedar and subtle tobacco. There is an understated power to the wine, with layers of complexity building across the palate and then finishing elegantly with long, fine tannins. It is a generous wine yet retains poise and the elegance of great Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the Clare Valley, growing conditions leading up to vintage 2013 could best be described as benign, apart from a frost event in mid-October which impacted several blocks on our estate vineyards. There were very few significant rainfall events over the growing period with the season being described overall as dry. The first week of December saw a 30mm down pour which was most definitely a season changer. Without the rain event, the overall yields would have been very low. Harvest conditions were excellent and the winemakers report that quality is outstanding across all varieties, with excellent acid balance and flavour development displayed in the resultant wines.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Single: 750ml bottle, Case: 6 x 750ml bottle