This wine combines the richness and spicy opulence of Great Southern Shiraz with the earthy muscularity and structure of Malbec. The aromatics are dominated by lifted dark blue fruits, such as mulberries and spiced plums with sprinkles of red berries overlaid. These flavours continue onto the medium bodied palate, where the structure of the Malbec comes to the fore – ripe, rich and structured tannins of good weight and length. This is a fruit-driven style designed for medium-term drinking with the oak playing a supporting role; however, the structure will allow the wine to be confidently cellared over the next 10 years.
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2019, 2018, 2017
2020 started with a warm dry spring, followed by an above average warm and dry summer. Yields were low allowing fruit to mature earlier and faster than is normal. Wines from 2020 show softer textured and fleshy palates with ripe expressive aromas.
Machine harvested in the cool early morning, destemmed to open fermenters, Shiraz and Malbec fermented separately due to different ripening patterns. 10 fermentation on skins for maximum extraction of colour and tannin, pressed directly to 2nd and 3rd fill oak for maturation with a small portion of the blend retained in stainless steel to capture a fresh vibrancy in the wine.
T/A: 6.7 g/L
Cellar Potential: 5 – 8 years
Growing Region: Great Southern
Grape Varieties: 69% Shiraz 31% Malbec