2017 was a fantastic year for winemaking in McLaren Vale. We had an extremely wet winter and our vineyards reached full saturation point. Spring brought very consistent fruit set and flowering. The rain continued throughout summer and mild days with cool nights allowed for a slow ripening season. These conditions resulted in fragrant whites with lower acidity, and elegant reds with very attractive primary fruit flavours and lower alcohols.
Selector harvested at optimum sugar and flavour balance, the whole berries are tipped into 5t open top fermenters. A slow, cool ferment helped capture the character of the vineyard and a combination of pump overs and plunging for 13 days enhanced the tannin profile. When fermentation was finished the grapes were pressed to mature 10% new French oak barriques for maturation of 9 months prior to blending and bottling.
Total SO2: 56ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
Lifted spice and herbal notes, raspberries and lavender with a delicate touch of white pepper. Light bodied and spice driven mouth-feel. Raspberry tarts and bright red fruit, finished with tight grainy tannins.