The bouquet is a complex array of dark fruits, spice with thyme, earthy notes and cedar oak. The palate is tight yet rich with dark plums and cherries. This gives way to spice and savoury flavours with a long cedar oak finish.
The wine displays great acid/tannin balance which will allow the wine to age gracefully over 10 to 15 years.
Winemaking Region: Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria. - Clone: MV6. - Soil Type: Self mulching black vertosol derived from tertiary basalt. - Harvest Date: 27/03/14 - Yield: 0.70 kg Vine, 0.70 tn/acre, 1.75 tn/ha, 12.2 hl/ha. - Post Bottling: 13.5% alc, 3.51 pH, 6.0 g/l acid. - Oak Use: 15 months in 50% new and 50% 1 year old French barriques. - Winemaking: Hand picked at optimal ripeness. Destemmed to a small 3 tonne open fermenter and cold soaked for 5 days. Fermentation was wild with the temperature peaking at 28 degrees. The wine was hand plunged once a day and pressed at dryness. It then underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel where it was left maturing for 15 months. It was then blended, filtered and bottled.