Sourced from our long-established Estate vineyards in Margaret River. This site exhibits the classic gravelly lateritic soils that drain to the west with the microclimate strongly influenced by the Indian ocean only 5km away. These vineyards are manually cane-pruned and the individual vines are treated meticulously throughout the season. The grapes are hand-harvested into small crates with a capacity of only 6.5kg, allowing each section and bunch to be handled with all the particular care they deserve
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 characters. The red harvest was challenging due to sporadic rain but patience was rewarded as the fruit dried beautifully to show expressive varietal characters
After destemming, individual berry sorting and light crushing, the two individual vineyard batches were fermented and soaked on skins for approximately 45 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed. The two parcels were then racked to oak (50% new) for malolactic fermentation and matured in those barrels for 18-20 months
13.5% alcohol, 5.5 g/l total acidity, 3.68 pH
The Wine Front
Well well well. This is a very nice wine.
Plum, red berries, ginger biscuits, dark chocolate, peppermint, flowers, nori etc. Medium bodied, silky and fluid, spice and earthiness, a bit of ‘minerality’ to the acidity and tannin, with a firm push of tannin on the finish, and forest berries, spice and perfume trailing away. Just lovely. Bespoke tailoring. An absolute charmer.