Deep crimson with ruby hues. Fragrant aromas of spicy red berries, wild blackberry and ripe mulberry are supported by aromatic notes of cassis, crushed herbs, dried bay leaf, violets and cedar. The palate is rich and complex, with layers of ripe red currant rolling into plush blueberry and blackberry, with incredible purity and depth, and great drive and power from long, fine-grained tannins.
A moderately wet winter combined with average spring conditions meant that vines grew well in the mild weather. Ideal flowering conditions in late spring/early summer lead to the potential for near-average yields. Late December became warm and dry and assured for healthy canopies with low disease pressure. The summer months of January and February were typically hot and dry but extreme heat periods were shorter than in recent memory, characterised instead by well above-average overnight temperatures. March and April provided the light and warmth which lead to full and balanced maturity being achieved across all grape varieties. All in all, the 2018 vintage will be considered a standout of this decade, fittingly so in the year we celebrated our 150th anniversary of family winemaking.