JH 94 points, WA 89 points (2012), Bronze Medal – 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards
The 2013 vintage was a great one for us, producing outstanding wines full of bright, fresh flavour and excellent tannin structure. Winter rains were excellent and we began the season with soils at full water capacity, a rare event in these recent dry years. Summer was quite mild and dry to begin. The dry conditions then continued, and coupled with a small spike of heat in the second half of February made life a little stressful for the vines. We were given some respite however as the a small amount of rain together with some milder weather caused sugar levels in the fruit to plateau for a couple of weeks allowing us to take a bit more time. Overall, the quality of the wines is excellent.
Deep, dark red.
Pure and unobstructed by new oak, the nose is lifted with dark fruit flavours of blackberry, choc-mint, and anise. Dustings of white pepper spice, vanilla, and black olive tapenade provide an intriguing savoury counterpoint to the more primary fruit characters.
The palate is concentrated with a luscious rolling texture and packed with fresh blackberry, dark chocolate and liquorice flavours. The wine is juicy and plush with silky tannins that linger, providing a drying, savoury finish.
Aged in used French oak for 18 months.