Very dark crimson with purple hue. A striking bouquet of red cherry, blackberry and blueberry are supported by dark plum skin, black pepper and Thai basil. Intensely fruited with flavours of dark plum, blackcurrant, raspberry and black pepper, the palate is layered with fine, chalky tannins, a balanced acidity and lingering flavours of spiced red cherries and liquorice.
Well above normal colour, body, flavour, length and tannins manage to make light work of each other, resulting in a wine that will live for many years, and always give pleasure as it moves through the changes of age.
The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm
and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to the dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March which eased the stress on all varieties. The fruit matured with an earlier harvest, as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.
"Deep colour and dusty, earthy aromas, developing dark chocolate notes with airing. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with very good fleshy extract as well as sweet fruit. Big structure, and tannin aplenty. A very serious tempranillo. Excellent wine - it's among the best Australian temps I've seen lately."
“Well above normal colour, body, flavour, length and tannins manage to make light work of each other, resulting in a wine that will live for many years, and always give pleasure as it moves through the changes of age.”
"Red cherry, salted liquorice, cherry cola scents, whiff of brambles, a kind of fruity-sweet perfume. Sloshy texture with crisp, tart acidity, lots of blackcurrant lolly and fennel-mint-peppery spice. Sort of feels black and inky, in an imagination sense. Some serious tannin webbing too. I like this wine a lot. A great feel, great drinkability and some depth."