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The fruit for this wine was sourced from our Chairmans Vineyard, located in the heart of Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. Harvested in March 2017 and immediately transported to our winery in the Hunter Valley where it was crushed. Primary fermentation took place in a stainless steel fermenters with pump overs taking place twice a day. At the end of fermentation it was gently pressed off to tank where malolactic fermentation was allowed to finish. The wine was matured in 1 and 2 year old French oak barriques and puncheons for 10 months to retain its fresh fruit flavours before being filtered and bottled.
The 2017 vintage began with above average rainfall in winter and spring, which set the vines up very well. Bud burst was on time, but conditions were very cool for the first part of spring. The summer rains stopped in mid-January and it was very dry for the rest of the summer with only a few millimetres of rain meaning that disease pressure was low. The days were mild with a lot of cool nights which delayed ripening on all varieties. This longer hang-time resulted in excellent conditions for flavour and aroma development.
Enjoy now or in the next 5-10 years.
Deep crimson red to purple.
Intense aromas of red cherries, cranberries and charcuterie.
The palate has fresh red cherries, mulberries and strawberries with a background of earthy, savoury tones. Firm, ripe tannins and vibrant acidity give this wine structure.