Combination open and roto red fermenters, 80% French oak of which 30% new, balance 1-2 year old, 20% older American, in oak 18 months.
The 2013 McLaren Vale vintage was fairly quick with dry conditions and an early harvest with yields down 10 to 30%. Rated as a very high quality vintage by local winemakers. With McLaren Vale being true Mediterranean/maritime in climate, no surprises that the
region was rain free from December 2013 onwards. the summer was officially recognised as the hottest in Australia since records began.
As such, no disease pressure and a very short harvest period with the bulk of fruit picked by early March. Our decision to pick a bit earlier has paid off with this wine having vibrant sweet fruit and balance. The balance of the blend is Hunter Valley and Beechworth with both regions enjoying a perfect summer harvest.
Pairs well with lamb, veal and pasta dishes.
Enjoy now or over the next 5-10 years.