Sourced from our vineyards and one or two selected partner growers in Margaret River. These vineyards exhibit the classic, gravelly, lateritic soils that drain to the west and the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian Ocean within 5 km to our west. These vineyards are manually single cane pruned and meticulously treated as individual vines throughout the season and hand harvested in 6.5kg crates that allow each section to be handled with all the particular care it deserves.
Winter provided average rainfall and spring delivered beautiful warm, dry conditions, perfectly setting up vintage 2016. A warm start to summer in January gave good fruit set and crop predictions. An unseasonal single rain event in late January delivered adequate soil moisture for full maturity in red varieties.
After destemming, individual berry sorting and light crushing, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 110 days. Ferment management is decided every day by tasting and follows no recipe. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed straight into barrel for secondary fermentation with all the “solids” included. The wines were matured with minimal rackings and a low sulphur regime for 18 to 20 months (depending on batches) in selected Bordeaux-shaped barrels of which about 55% were new. The wine was left unfined and was not filtered prior to bottling in December 2017.
14% alcohol, 5.9 g/l total acidity, 3.7pH.
The Real Review
Medium to deep red colour with a trace of purple, while the boucquet reflects vanilla and red cherry, raspberry fruit aromas, which are beginning to mellow. The wine is medium-bodied and elegantly crafted. A really attractive wine to drink now - and remarkably complex and fascinating already, although I'm sure it will richly reward cellaring. Great intensity and palate line. It's the epitome of elegance too.