Deep crimson with garnet hues. Lifted aromas of fresh Provencal herbs, black pepper and anise, revealing notes of cherry, Satsuma plum, blackberry, mulberry compote and blood orange zest. The palate is rich and juicy with fleshy raspberry, ripe plum and spiced berry compote creating layers of texture with fine, grainy tannins and linear acidity for a balanced and elegantly long finish.
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.
"Dried rose, mint, red and black fruit, sage and spice. Medium bodied, spicy, red and black fruit, svelte, polished, cool mineral acidity, spicy and long. Very classy wine. Expressive. A big YES."