This wine has been produced from Shiraz grapes picked in late February from our Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. The grapes were crushed and cold soaked for 6 days, then fermented in 7 tonne fermenters for 10 days with pumping over twice a day. The wine was pressed and put to 100% French oak barriques and puncheons to undergo malolactic fermentation and maturation. The wine was then carefully blended, sterile filtered and bottled under screwcap.
The 2016 vintage is regarded as a classic Hunter Valley vintage, with ideal warm growing conditions leading up to vintage, the vines were healthy and had plenty of foliage. A series of storms in January delivered a large amount of rainfall but the fruit held up really well. Good vineyard management and winemaking has resulted in some of the best wines we've made, with the red wines in particular having great intensity of flavours.
Enjoy now or cellar for 6-8 years.
Deep red in colour with violet hues.
Intense floral aromas.
A powerful core of ripe cherry and raspberry flavours, with hints of savoury spices and subtle tannins which add structure and complexity.