The 2012 season started off with a wet spring – but fortunately, it was interspersed with fine warm weather. Careful attention to canopy management aimed at maintaining ventilation ensured a healthy vineyard free of disease. Harvest presented with pristine fruit with ideal balance of acidity and ripeness. As we are located in a cool climate region, our shiraz grapes ripen very slowly and late into autumn. This leads to a shiraz style that has enticing and complex spice aromas, layers of toasty mocha and a palate that is elegant yet intense. Whilst a contrast to the bigger shiraz wines often associated with Australia, this is a wine that complements a range of food styles without dominating flavours.
After some 18 months maturation in barrel and a further 2 years in bottle, this shiraz has emerged from its slumbers and is a striking example of how elegance and intensity in cool climate shiraz can be so pleasing. Toasty oak with hints of mocha tobacco leaf and pepper are layered with spice and dark stone fruit. These elements fold onto the palate… where the balance, harmony and integration of smooth enveloping tannins leave the palate yearning to explore the wine further. A wine for enjoyment now – or perhaps equally satisfying to share the journey of discovery as a slowly maturing rich and flavoursome wine for 12+ years
$53 / 750ml