REGION 55% Clare Valley & 45% Mclaren Vale, Australia
WINEMAKING The grapes were gently de-stemmed and trans- ferred tosmall static stainless steel fermenters. Half of the grapes were cold soaked at 6 degrees C for 5 days to deliver increased fruit expression. The fruit was then fermented at a constant warm temperature using a Shiraz-specific yeast isolate. Gentle mixing using inertgas occurred 2 – 3 times over the course of the day. The wine was then gently pressed to a mixture of American oak hogshead and barrique barrels (30% 1 year old, 70% 2 – 3 year old) for secondary, malolactic fermentation. Post MLF, the wine was transferred back to barrel for maturation before being fined, filtered and bottled in September 2015. TASTING NOTE Nose: Lifted aromas of red berry and cherry fruit along with subtle black olive and spice. Palate: This is a rich, full-bodied wine with intense flavors of ripe red berry fruit, violets and attractive oak characters of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Overall, the wine is well balanced with complex, well-integrated tannins providing the palate with an intense, persistent length.