The nose is generous with rich, dark fruits and spices of pepper and clove. There is a more subtle second layer of earth and a lifted violet character which provides an elegant balance to the powerful fruit. Subtle French oak adding cigar box character is interwoven with the sweet American oak.
Opulent plum and redcurrant are powerful with great depth. The wine evolves with emerging characters of dark liquorice and mocha and the floral note from the nose develops in the form of dried rose petals and lavender. The mineral element provides another layer with gravelly tannins pulling the wine into focus for a long savoury finish.
The slow ripening allowed tannin maturation while maintaining natural acid and subtle oak influence will allow the elegant fruit characters to mature slowly with increasing complexity. The French oak will bring more of the polished mahogany in an English library and the American will have an underlying savoury influence all making a back ground appearance to red fruit, plum, spice and pepper. 8-10yrs
Wine statistics pH 3.64 Total Acidity 6.5g/L Alcohol 14.4%
Gold Australian Small winemakers 2011
Silver Royal Queensland wine Show 2011
Bronze Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2011
Bronze Perth Royal Wine Show 2011
Bronze Mclaren Vale Wine Show 2011
Bronze Australian Boutique Wine Show 2011