Medium to deep crimson/purple. Powerfully intense aniseed, blackberry, mulberry and blueberry fruit aromas, with ginger, mint notes.
Vigorous and fleshy with generous blueberry, blackberry flavours, excellent mid-palate richness and plentiful brambly chocolatey tannins.
The grapes are destemmed, but not crushed, and spend seven days on their skins in open fermenters with hand-plunging twice daily to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins.
This is followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak prior to 24 months of maturation in our cellars.
The grapes from this wine come from just three small vineyards in the Bethany, Marananga and Light Pass parishes of the Barossa. The Bethany vineyard lies on sandy loams and alluvial clays, while the Light Pass vineyard is on alluvial Sandy Brown loams and the Marananga on rich red-brown loams.
These low-yielding “Barossa Old Vines” were planted before 1965 and are now fully mature. They have a root structure and trunk thickness that encourage diversity of flavour and character. Their worthiness has been proven over many vintages, consistently producing the highest quality fruit.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Andrew Caillard MW
Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot
Deep ruby in colour, it’s understated now but also reserved and confident with concentrated aromas of leather, chocolate, ground spices and sweet oak. It’s quite tightly bound too and complete which bodes very well for the future. That fruit focus then continues on the palate and with a surprising elegance and again there is brooding power of dark, earthy fruits which then hold for a long, sustained finish thanks to ample tannins. You could miss this as a youngster but give it time as it is sure to shine long and bright.
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