|Barossa Valley, South Australia
|Deep Purple, almost black.
|Intense black fruits such as satsuma plum, blackberry and boysenberry. Dark chocolate, roasted espresso and liquorice.
|Plush, soft and textural with a deep core of fruits supported by gentle yet concentrated tannins and long acidity.
The manager on a highland estate is referred to as The Factor. Many of these vineyards were planted in the 19th century and because of South Australia’s far-sighted quarantine policy, were not affected by the phylloxera outbreak that ravaged the vineyards of the world in the 1880s. They survive on their own roots more than a century later as clonal time capsules. The reputation of the Barossa as the pre-eminent red wine growing region of Australia rests firmly on wines such as this.
An above average winter rainfall led into a below average spring and summer rainfall, producing small bunches and small berries, leading to a reduced yield. Quality was certainly high, particular amongst our red varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. 2018 wines will be remembered for their impressive colour, structure and longevity.
- 24 months in a combination of new (40%), second fill and seasoned French oak barriques
- Cellar 20 + years