|VINEYARD||Krondorf & St. Kitts|
A dry winter and spring restricted vine vigour leading into vintage with small crops yielding intense flavours and aromas.
Vintage went according to plan with warm to hot conditions with no rain meaning that conditions were perfect for picking the fruit at its optimum.
The wines immediately showed a depth of colour and expressions of fruit that the Barossa Valley is synonymous with.
The Shiraz was harvested at night from our estate vineyard and the Viognier handpicked during the day from a Northern Barossa vineyard.
It was then co-fermented in 6-tonne open-top fermenters for a period of 7 days. During this fermentation period, the wine was pumped over by hand twice daily to extract flavour and colour.
Once fermentation was complete, the wine was pressed off into a combination of new (20%) and old (80%) French oak barrels and matured for 20 months. The wine has had minimal filtration and fining prior to bottling.
Deep red with vibrant purple hues.
Aromas of rich dark fruit; blackberry, dark plum and blueberry with notes of dark chocolate, graphite and cedary spice.
The palate is driven by layers of primary fruits; mulberry, blackberry and dark plum, with the exuberant fruit carrying all the way through the palate.
Subtle French oak notes of cedar and spice add support and a complex lift to the palate. A wine with soft, ripe and mouth filling tannins with a long rich finish.