COLOUR: Deep full crimson red
BOUQUET: Rich, ripe cassis fruit showing hints of mint with oak derived mocha and vanillin highlights.
PALATE: Full of vibrancy, this wine has round, succulent varietal fruit with long tannins that give persistence and length.
FOOD SUGGESTIONS: This wine will be an attractive accompaniment to Venison, Beef Wellington, rich pasta.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: Appealing on release and has sufficient structure for 6-8 years of cellaring.
OAK TREATMENT: 25% new French oak, with older French and American oak
WINEMAKING NOTES: The fruit selected for this wine comes from our vineyard blocks to the south of the McLaren Vale township. Some oak fermentation has been used to enhance the aroma of the wine. The individual ferments were assembled on the first racking to allow the blend to mature as one wine. Our philosophy is to augment, rather than dominate, the fruit with oak and as a result 25% of the oak is new or one year old, with the remaining being used in the previous blends.