Whilst the 2016 season was desperately disappointing for beach goers, for vignerons it was a dream come true! The absence of extreme weather events coupled with mild and ideal growing conditions and healthy vineyards contributed to what may well be amongst the best growing seasons. The exceptional conditions continued through to harvest with some of the most impeccable fruit arriving in the winery seemingly eager to be made into some seriously delicious wines!
As we are located in a cool climate region, our shiraz grapes ripen very slowly and late into autumn. This leads to a shiraz style that has enticing and complex spice aromas, layers of toasty mocha and a palate that is elegant yet intense. Whilst a contrast to the bigger shiraz wines often associated with Australia, this is a wine that complements a range of food styles without dominating flavours
After some 18 months maturation in barrel and a further 2 years in bottle, this shiraz has emerged from its slumbers and is a striking example of how elegance and intensity in cool climate shiraz can be so pleasing. Spice mingles with toasty oak with hints of mocha and tobacco leaf layered with dark olives, charcuterie and dark stone fruit.
These elements fold onto the palate… where the balance, harmony and integration of smooth enveloping tannins leaves your palate yearning to explore the wine further. A wine for enjoyment now – or perhaps equally satisfying to share the journey of discovery as a slowly maturing rich and flavoursome wine for 15+ years
James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 – 94 Points
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