This elegant, velvety wine has a beautiful colour and good concentration with rich flavours of red berries, cherries, savoury black olives and black spices.
Can be enjoyed right now, but will age well for another 4 years.
Delicious with hearty, flavour-packed dishes such tomato pasta with a sauce of reduced bone marrow and a Mediterranean twist of black olives.
In the vineyard
The grapes were sourced from the oldest dryland bush vine vineyards. The crop was reduced to one bunch per shoot to enhance the quality of the grapes, which were picked at sugars ranging between 21 and 23 degrees Balling.
In the cellar
After picking the grapes at different sugar levels to ensure a good balance, they were fermented with their skins on, with punch-downs and punch-overs, as well as carbonic maceration to retain their upfront fruit flavours. The wine was then aged in 500 l and 5000 l French oak barrels for 6 months before blending and bottling.
The 2016 vintage was a warm and dry, but healthy growing season. Lower yields and smaller berries contributed to a good tannic structure and concentration of fruit flavours.DOWNLOAD TASTING NOTES DOWNLOAD BOTTLE SHOT