Combination open and roto red fermenters, 100% French oak of which 20% new, balance 1-2 year old, in oak 18 months.
The McLaren Vale fruit makes up nearly 53% of this wine. An excellent and abundant vintage for McLaren Vale. 2015 saw minimal winter rains followed by a warm dry spring resulting in a low disease pressure. In early February, one rain event dumped twice the monthly average over a few days. Ripening proceeded with no water stress and excellent fruit condition.
Beechworth saw a very cold and wet winter of 2015 resulting in a late budburst, however this set the vines up for a great spring. A warm summer did mean irrigation was necessary and picking was very condensed. The last grapes off were nearly a month ahead of previous years, however this worked in our favour as there was a heat wave in early March. Overall, an excellent vintage.
Shiraz from a cool wet year in the Hunter Valley adds spice and soft tannins.
Pairs well with lamb, veal and pasta dishes.
Enjoy now or over the next 5 to 10 years.