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.
The wine has an enticing, lifted aroma of ripe blackcurrants, choc mint, subtle spice and a hint of dried tomato leaf. The overall nose character is one of richness and elegance.
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.
The growing season in the lead up to vintage 2014 saw average autumn & winter rainfall. During winter, the daily max temperature was in line with long term averages, resulting in the first budburst in late August. The rainfall for spring was below average; however vine vigour was still good due to subsurface moisture. At the start of December a cool change and 16mm of rain allowed the vines to freshen up. The rest of December & start of January were dry & warm with thankfully no heatwaves due to regular cool changes. From mid-Jan to mid-Feb hot conditions prevailed which delayed veraison. Harvest commenced early due to the heat. On Feb 14 the heat and harvest were both brought to a sudden stop by a big downpour. For the rest of February conditions were mild with daytime temperatures cooler than average. The cooler conditions retained acid levels in grapes and slowed sugar development allowing time for flavours to develop. The mild conditions continued through March, allowing ideal tannin & flavour development to occur in the red varieties.
Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.
Single: 750ml bottle, Case: 6 x 750ml bottle