Above average 2021 winter rainfall helped to refill soil profiles and the cool, slow start to the growing season resulted in budburst occurring slightly later than average. A frost event early October impacted the northern Barossa Valley and was followed by an extreme hail event late October, which crossed the Barossa Valley. A wetter end to spring supported the regrowth of the hail damaged canopies, but significant crop potential was lost. Cold, wet weather mid-November coincided with flowering, which impacted fruit-set and potential yields. December and January saw a burst of summer heat without extremes, however by the beginning of vintage another severe weather event dealt a deluge of rain and more hail to some parts of the region. The mild and dry conditions that followed were ideal for the later-ripening varieties. The cumulative impacts of the season’s weather events resulted in lower yields across the region. The 2022 wines show great aromatics, balance of acidity and a bright core of flavour.
Hand-picked on April 4th, fruit was divided into 2 batches for fermentation;25 % whole bunch and completely destemmed. The whole bunch portion adding floral, lifted aromatics while the destemmed portion shows more depth and pure fruit flavours. 10-12 days on skins with hand plunging for the destemmed portion and gentle pump overs for the whole bunch portion. Basket pressed to seasoned French Oak. Secondary fermentation in barrel before 8 months of maturation prior to bottling.
Bright red fruits and violet florals on the nose, with savoury, earthy notes adding another layer. Vibrant fruit, clove spice and an even web of fine grain tannin on the palate. The savoury, gamey, smokey elements build in the glass, with bright fruit and fresh acid the perfect balancing partners.
Winemaker: Jack Scholz