We are certainly getting used to earlier and earlier sampling and this year, for the first time, our first load of Shiraz was nearly booked for the end of January. Fortunately, a timely rain and mild conditions delayed the start allowing flavour and colour to catch up with sugar. Considering the dry winter, yields generally were a little above average (with the exception of our Eden Valley Vineyard which was 50% frosted on the 1st of December, yes December!) due to a slightly warmer spring, great flowering and fruit set conditions. This combined with mild, late summer weather meant the grower and winemaker were happy with another solid vintage tucked away. By early March, 70% of our harvest was in and with another nice drink from the heavens, vintage slowed right down building flavour in the late ripening varieties like Grenache and Mataro, as well as great results from our Eden Valley reds and whites. We finished harvest with our Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on the 15th of April. This vintage really highlights how tenacious and robust grape vines are, producing good yields and great quality in a very dry season (but they can’t sustain dry conditions forever). Fortunately, a more normal winter this year with much needed rain is refilling the soil and water resources.
COLOUR: Deep crimson with purple hues.
AROMA: Delicious, rich aroma of blueberries, raspberries and Satsuma plums fill the bouquet with hints of mocha, liquorice, savoury tones and briary spice.
PALATE: Mouth filling, juicy fruit lives up to the aroma and is balanced nicely with sweet oak, briary and peppery spice and youthful, firm tannins. The palate is quite full with a long, velvety, fruity and spicy finish
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