Dark red/black with deep purple hues.
Sweet rich liquorice, blackberry and cherry aromas. There is a touch of vanilla from well integrated oak along with nutmeg and white pepper which all adds to the complexity and elegance of the wine.
The palate is powerful yet refined. There are intense flavours of blackberry and plum, along with choc-mint and aniseed. Subtle touches of oak give a cinnamon touch and add another layer of complexity. The wine finishes with wonderful length, lingering sweet fruit and just enough tannin and alcohol to ensure a long future ahead.
Sourced from a small block in Bakers Gully in McLaren Vale. Hand picked fruit was de-stemmed then crushed before being fermented in stainless steel small volume fermenters to maintain strong fruit flavour from extended skin contact. Hand plunged twice daily for seven days then transferred into American and French oak barrels for the remainder of ferment for 24 months to allow full flavour development prior to barrel selection and bottling with minimal filtration.
Drinking superbly now but for those patient enough to hold off, this will develop beautifully for up to 10+ years.
|Wine Makers||John Harris|