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 where it was crushed. Primary fermentation took place in a stainless steel fermenters with pump overs taking place twice a day. At the end of fermentation it was gently pressed off to tank where malolactic fermentation was allowed to finish. The wine was matured in 1 and 2 year old French oak barriques and puncheons for 10 months to retain its fresh fruit flavours before being 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.
Deep crimson red to purple.
Intense aromas of strawberries, cranberries and spice.
The palate has fresh red cherries, mulberries and strawberries with a background of earthy, savoury tones. Firm, ripe tannins and vibrant acidity give this wine structure.