Colour:Full depth crimson with deep purple hues.
Bouquet: Plum and blackberry with hints of mint, chocolate and spice. Cedar, cinnamon and vanilla notes from the tight grained oak highlight the dark fruit aromas.
Palate: Ripe plum and blackberry fruit flavours with attractive aniseed and mint spice. A generous, richly flavoured wine with a full bodied palate supported by fine silky tannins and integrated oak nuances – an excellent wine from a near perfect vintage.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: Steady winter rainfall extending into early spring helped replenish moisture in Langhorne Creek soils. An early burst of warm weather in September and October meant budburst started earlier than usual. Flowering started late in October and windy conditions provided a slightly poorer fruit set than in recent years. Above average temperatures from November to January provided berries smaller than usual and coupled with the poor fruit set yielded lower crop levels. Veraison started a couple of weeks early due to a hot, dry spell late in January. The continuing dry conditions in February provided rapid accumulation of sugars in the grapes. Milder weather in March slowed proceedings with colour and flavour accumulated gradually. Cool night breezes from Lake Alexandrina during this ripening period along with medium to light yields resulted in Shiraz vineyards of great intensity and structure.
WINE MAKING: Selected parcels from our most outstanding Shiraz blocks in Langhorne Creek were harvested at optimum maturity, gently crushed and then fermented in small, static fermenters after inoculation with a neutral strain of yeast. Fermentation temperatures were moderate, and over extraction of tannins were avoided by careful monitoring during daily tasting and regular analysis. After pressing, the wine was transferred into selected French and American oak barrels. After this time each barrel was tasted by our winemakers prior to blending and any not up to exacting standards were removed from the blend.