The fruit for this wine was sourced from our Chairmans Vineyard, located in the heart of Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. Harvested in March 2016 and immediately transported to our
winery in the Hunter Valley. Primary fermentation took place in stainless steel fermenters with pump overs taking place twice a day. At the end of fermentation the wine pressed off skins and put to French oak barriques and puncheons to undergo maturation for 10 months before being blended, filtered and bottled.
The 2016 vintage is being heralded as one of McLaren Vale’s best. A warm dry spring resulted in yet another early start to vine growth. Rainfall in late January and February together with cooler conditions resulted in excellent conditions for flavour development and acid retention. The vines were well balanced and crop levels were higher than average harvest began early and the fruit had good sugar-acid balance, excellent colour and well developed flavours.
Enjoy now or in the next 5-10 years.
Dark crimson with purple hues.
Lifted blackcurrant, mulberry and plum aromas with hints of savoury oak.
A rich and juicy palate of red and black fruits with ripe blackberry and plum flavours. The oak is soft and spicy with a long line of fine, silky tannins.