An intense hit of black cherry and brambleberry is layered with floral highlights and hints of liquorice. The palate is soft but generous, finishing with ripe chocolatey tannins and gentle acidity which delivers a round and generous wine with a long finish. Drink now, or cellar for up to 10 years.
pH: 3.68, TA 4.8g/l, residual sugar: <.1g/l, alcohol: 13.5%
IN THE WINERY
The fruit was crushed and destemmed into 1.5 and 2-ton fermentation tanks with about 70% of the fruit left as whole berries. As far as possible all clones were vinified separately to give expression to each clone’s unique character. We applied a cold soak period of 3–5 days followed by spontaneously started ferments. All batches received a post-soak of between 2–3 weeks with plunging done by hand to ensure a soft extraction of tannins. We then pressed off the batches and matured them in French oak barrels (25% new) for 10 months, each with its own balanced oak regime of barrel age and choice of coopers. We carried out a final filtration prior to bottling.
IN THE VINEYARD
The majority (90%) of the grapes for this wine were grown at our Dakins Road Block. A range of clones gives complexity and nuance to the final blend. The main clones used are our 5, 6, 667, 10/5 and 114 vines, 667 and 10/5 give structure and ripe dark fruit with 5, 6 and 667 giving complexity and elegance. The vines were carefully managed to give maximum sun exposure to the fruit for optimum ripeness, and the fruit was hand harvested to ensure gentle handling and top quality fruit.