Dark crimson with purple hues. Aromas of blackberries, florals, and dark chocolate. The palate is plush and medium bodied with blackcurrant flavors and fine tannin structure.
The 2017 growing season in Mount Barker was long and cool, beginning very wet and late. More than 800mm rainfall fell over 2016, well above the yearly average. This initial wet period was broken by a dry period in early Summer, however with moderate temperatures. Good fruit set for most varieties although veraison was late. The long cool season lead to ripe seeds and skins, whilst maintaining freshness in the fruit.
The fruit was picked over several picks then de- stemmed/crushed, chilled into mostly open fermenters. Initial cold soak and then inoculated. The fermenters were pumped over with aeration twice a day; temperature was held around 25°C. The wine was then pressed to French barriques for its Malo-lactic fermentation, allowing a soft integration of the grape and oak tannins. The wine was blended, fined with egg whites and bottled after 15 months maturation. ~11% Malbec included in blend.