The 2018/19 season was dry, with autumn, winter, spring and summer rainfall all below average. The dry soils and
cooler than average spring nights resulted in 2 significant frost events in the Barossa that impacted pockets of our
vineyard, reducing yields. January was quite warm, but thankfully gave way in February to milder, more favourable
ripening conditions. The washup was lean yields, abundant flavour. The drought tolerant Grenache was a standout
variety in the 2019 vintage. Handpicked 8th Mar.
The fruit was fermented in 3 separate small batches; traditionally destemmed and crushed, 15% whole bunch and 30% whole bunch. On skins for 10-12 days with hand plunging. Basket pressed to seasoned French oak. Malolactic
fermentation in barrel and 10 months barrel maturation.
Opens with lifted red fruits, lavender florals, and savoury spice. The palate reveals red licorice and raspberry that
progresses to more complex, savoury notes of earth, graphite and peppercorn spice. Structurally the tannins are
ruffled, running long and even.