Ruby with bright crimson hues. Perfumed, spicy red and black cherry aromas with notes of rosehip, violets, fennel, rhubarb and strawberry. The richly flavoured palate reveals pure and complex spiced cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruit giving mid-plate definition, complemented by lifted, bright acidity, textural silky tannins and excellent length.
Vintage 2019 provided generally good growing conditions for the Adelaide Hills, with three notable events: the coldest September on record, the wettest November since 2005 and a mini heat wave on the cusp of January/February that the Adelaide Hills rode out extremely well due to good canopy cover. A rapid progression in berry maturation was kick-started by the Harvest Moon falling right on the spring Equinox, with all varieties ripening at the same time. Hand-harvesting was done in three weeks, bookended by the early sparkling and late red varieties. Yields were down by 20-50 due to ‘hen and chicken’ (berries of different sizes) from the cold, wet period during flowering, however quality was exceedingly good in both white and red varieties as a result of better ripening conditions.