Sourced from distinguished sites in Great Southern, on gravelly ironstone loam with granitic sands, delivering the region’s unique characters with remarkable depth and intensity. The 2015 release is a blend of three shiraz vineyards: two in Mt Barker and one in Porongurup. Seven separate small parcels fermented in open vessels for 14-28 days, worked only by hand plunging and barefoot pigeage. Whole clusters were included at around 25% overall. The wine was drained straight to French puncheons and barriques, 25% new, to age for 12 months.
Strikingly savoury, earthy and complex; blood, game, spice and charcuterie come to the fore as the wine breathes up in the glass. The palate rolls out with liquorice-florals and red fruits on a carpet of phenolic stimulation set to a ferrous, mineral backbeat. Vibrant expression of place.
“Wonderful perfume, original in its fragrance, earth, olives, salty liquorice, bonox and then the red and black berry fruits. Slippery texture, soft, juicy, mouth perfume and fine tannin, elevated on glossy brisk red fruits and spice. Delicious drinking.” 93 points - Mike Bennie, Winefront