Deep crimson with violet hues. Fragrant and intense aromas of ripe raspberry, blackberry, Satsuma plum, with lifted, spicy notes of black pepper, liquorice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A full, lush palate of vibrant raspberry, boysenberry and mulberry with complex and textural savoury tannins, and fresh acidity driving a long, spicy and structural finish.
Fresh-faced style but with decent body too. Easy to enjoy.
The 2020 vintage will be remembered for excellent quality wines from both the entire Barossa region though there were reduced yields caused by poor conditions at flowering and we had an extremely dry winter, spring and summer in 2019/2020. The 2019 winter and spring resulted in the driest start to the growing season ever, in line with 1939 and 1961. November was a challenging month with some frosts and wet and windy conditions during flowering. Significant heatwaves from mid-December to the end of January reduced shoot growth and berry size, however at the end of the month over 40mm of rain fell, alleviating the stress just before veraison, followed by a cool ripening period in February with just three days over 30°C. Vintage was early, beginning in late February and finishing by late March. The fruit ripened in near perfect conditions, resulting in optimal and excellent wine quality (colour, aromatics, flavour and tannin maturity). Bunches were in loose, open and pristine clusters, while the yield remained quite low at about 50% of average. The 2020 wines are intense in colour, exceptionally fragrant, spicy and well-structured.
"Inky-purple colour, leafy-perfumed bouquet. Big and bold in body and flavour, juicy damsons, mulberries and baking spices abound. The intense flavours are calmly contained by the firm tannins and a warm finish."
"Fresh-faced style but with decent body too. Easy to enjoy. Plum, blueberry and violet notes with earth and leather in the background. A pretty red wine with musk-like characters running over the top. The word ‘freshness’ needs to be emphasised here. It will age in a no-fuss way but really, it’s good drinking now."