The fruit for this wine was sourced from our Chairmans Vineyard, located in the heart of Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. Harvested in March 2018 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 2018 vintage began with excellent rainfall in winter and early spring which set the vines up very well. Budburst was on time followed by a mild and dry spring. January saw some extremely warm days but fortunately the vine canopies had good vigour which helped to shade the bunches during the hot conditions. The final ripening period continued to be dry, however, temperatures were mild and conditions were ideal for steady ripening and flavour development. The fruit was in great condition at picking and had excellent flavours and aromas.
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.