Deep garnet with pale garnet hues. Lifted aromas of red plum, mulberry, blackcurrant and black pepper, with supporting notes of thyme, bay leaf, charcuterie and cedary oak. A concentrated and powerful palate of mouth-watering ripe plum, blackberry and black and red currant, balanced by savoury white pepper, anise and tarragon, fresh and buoyant acidity and an exceptionally long, fine tannin finish.
Crunchy berry fruits, fine-ground tannins and vibrant acidity unite to marvellous effect and outstanding line and length. It takes some skill, dexterity and humility in the winery to allow fruit of such elegance to really sing. A classic Barossa blend with a long future before it.
A later start to picking and a mild period of ripening finished with the last grapes being picked in mid-May. A wet 2016 winter gave us a good foundation for our predominantly dry-grown vines on their own roots, and a cool, wet and fiercely windy spring followed, with a slightly higher spring rainfall than the Barossa Valley, which delayed flowering, though conditions during set meant that yields were at average levels. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed, which allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The significant rainfall events largely missed our area and therefore we harvested the majority of our grapes in healthy condition. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they were processed made sure that quality was not compromised.
"I love the transparency of the Barossa's cooler seasons, in such articulate detail here that all 4 varieties are clearly visible in all their glory. Unashamedly medium bodied, refreshing and enticing, yet in no way underpowered, simplistic or short lived. Crunchy berry fruits, fine-ground tannins and vibrant acidity unite to marvellous effect and outstanding line and length. It takes some skill, dexterity and humility in the winery to allow fruit of such elegance to really sing. A classic Barossa blend with a long future before it."
"Supple, soft red, luscious in red and black forest berry fruit characters, some mellow nougat like caress, a bit of milk chocolate and ribbons of fine, lacy tannin lending some form. Not much to add, it’s really pleasing to drink, warming, has personality layers and as a sense of ‘yum’."
"This cooler vintage shuffles cabernet to the fore, with leafy redcurrants and red berries, as well as some first-wood tones. The palate is more supple and reflects the influence of shiraz with blackberry and plum flavors set amid quite fleshy texture..."
"Very good deep red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is sweetly raspberry-ish and very Eden Valley in style, earthy-spicy also, with a bouquet of dried herbs and dried flowers, especially sage. The wine is deliciously fruit-sweet and almost lush in the mouth, the masses of fine, subtly drying tannins keeping the finish and aftertaste neat and disciplined. A lovely wine, approachable already but certainly built to last and will be better if you can keep your hands off it a few years."
"...This vintage is a generous and open knit Barossan now with 4 years under its belt showing leafy cassis, mulberry, cedar and black olive aromas providing a delicious start. It is then dry and full-bodied yet retains a reserved elegance that would not be out of place in Bordeaux. Layers of savoury dark fruits are lifted by baked earth and ground spices which are underpinned by well managed tannins. Excellent length and balance suggest this wine will deliver for at least ten years, if not more."