Region: Yarra Valley
Grapes: 95% Shiraz, 2.5% Viognier, 2% Mataro, 0.5% Marsanne
First Glance: Perfumed, Elegant, Generous
Fruit was hand-picked and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open- fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. Stalks were added back to one-third of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma. The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barriques, 40% new before blending and bottling.
Original 1969 plantings of Shiraz and Marsanne with additional Shiraz, Mataro & Viognier drawn from vines planted from 1984 to 1995. Fragrance and headiness, this wine exudes intense perfume, mixed berry fruits, floral notes and spice. The addition of Mataro and co-fermentation with white grapes Viognier and Marsanne intensify the Shiraz character while providing complexity, richness and generosity. Primary fruit leads onto savoury graphite and white pepper underpinned by stalkiness and concentrated meatiness.
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front - 93+pts
"There’s a beautiful lift of floral character in the perfume though it’s competing with a pleasing but musty, rustic spicy/old oak character that’s set amongst the forest berry fruits. The bouquet is old fashioned, right down to a tobacco/pencil shaving element, but the palate speaks a bit more fluidly of now with soft, sweet-sour bright fruit, medium bodied feel, well integrated warm-spicy oak and a subtle tug of tannins. Indeed the palate is a grand attraction. It’s got layers, a very fine feel, succulence through its very long length. Watch this mature compellingly."