Sourced exclusively from our block 5, located on Cape Mentelle’s original Trinders Vineyard in Margaret River. This area exhibits the classic gravelly, lateritic, free-draining soils where the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian ocean just 5 km to our west. The block is manually spur-pruned and the individual vines are meticulously handled throughout the season with intensive canopy management to ensure best fruit exposure. In April 2015 this Shiraz fruit was hand-harvested in into small 6.5kg crates to allow careful delivery to the winery, 300m down the gravel path
After a sunny and mild September 2014, Margaret River experienced a cool spring all the way to year’s end. 2015 brought the driest January on record, on par with 2008 and concluded with some hot days in the mid-thirties during the last week of January. The nights remained cool through summer, especially favouring delicate floral and red fruit flavours. The red harvest was challenging due to sporadic April rain but patience was rewarded as the fruit dried beautifully to show expressive varietal characters, particularly in Shiraz
After hand-tipping, destemming, individual berry sorting and light crushing the batch was fermented then soaked on skins for 50 days. Barrel work was introduced early in the rotation for the best integration. It was then gently basket pressed and racked to barrel, 50% of them new with approximately 80% French and 20% American in origin, for malolactic fermentation. The wine then matured in those barrels for 18 months with minimal sulphur and limited aerative racking
14.0% alcohol, 6.1 g/l total acidity, 3.56 pH
Hand-picked from Block 5 of the Trinders Vineyard, destemmed, lightly crushed, 50 days on skins after fermentation, matured for 20 months in 80% French and 20% American oak. Exceptional attention to detail manifested by the very expensive X-ray optical scanning of every berry passing by on a moving belt, and the simultaneous removal of imperfect berries by a tiny jet of air. The wine has remarkable elegance, purity and energy.