A season at first remarkable for its persistent rhythm of rain events throughout spring and early summer, approaching double our long-term average.
The unique gravity flow winery enabled the grapes to be gently destemmed directly into open-top fermenters without pumping, retaining approximately 25% as whole clusters. Traditional fermentation with a moderately long maceration on skins has extracted
good colour and tannin with considerable depth of flavour. This wine was aged for 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels. In accordance with our non-interventionalist
approach to winemaking, this wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and was not fined or filtered.
An inviting and intriguing nose: florals compete with rich fruit, a hint of Arabic spices, then a whiff of smoke. The palate is typically diverse and exotic: cherry, savoury, hallmark dried herbs, and a burst of dark red flowers with a finish that just won’t end. The tannins are finely detailed, layered and gradually tighten to show authority over the rich core. There is both serious density and complexity that will amply reward patience. Text book Block 3 that is potentially one of the greatest… yet.