||At release, the wine has a deep crimson colour with a purple hue to the edge.
||The wine has powerful, enticing aromas of rich, ripe berry fruit along with juicy black plum and cherry. Mouth-watering wafts of spice and mocha oak invite you to taste.
||On the palate, the wine is all power with rich, ripe black fruits layered with lashings of coffee, chocolate and spice from high quality oak. The palate builds further with well-balanced, mouth filling chewy tannins delivering a very luscious, generous wine with textural complexity. A real presence on the palate, this is a powerful wine on the front and mid palate, builds to the finish, but ending well with a soft finish and persistence of ripe red fruits, cherry and spiced plum flavours.
||The 2010 growing season in the Clare Valley commenced with above average winter/spring rainfall.. During flowering in November an unprecedented heat wave occurred; the Clare Valley experienced 13 consecutive days above 30 degrees C. This heat-wave coincided with the peak of vine flowering, which resulted in reduced yields. The heat-wave was finally broken by some much needed rainfall, which reinvigorated the vines. While temperatures were a little higher than average during late January and February, the evenings and mornings were cool and mild, contributing to favourable sugar, flavour and tannin ripening conditions resulting in wines of extraordinary character.
||A percentage of the wine was barrel fermented and the final blend was matured in a mixture of fine-grained French and water-bent American oak barrels for 12 months prior to filtering and bottling.
||Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.