Varietals: Syrah, Carignan and Grenache
Vintage Notes: The 2019 season was a rollercoaster… with fluctuating temperatures and rain events throughout Spring resulting in a very successful flowering in the Gruyere and Tarrawarra sub regions. Beautiful moderate weather in early summer gave us rich dark green canopies, so that despite a few heat spikes in January, we had access to plenty of pristine bunches at harvest. The colour and tannin ripeness in the Syrah, Carignan and Grenache are some of the best we have seen. All three varieties were highly perfumed, yet rich and ripe.
Vinification: Each variety and parcel is fermented separately in small open vats with varying degrees of whole bunch and whole berry fermentation, before being matured in large and small oak for 18 months. The final blend was completed in the Spring of 2020 and left in tank to settle and come together until bottling just before Christmas, by gravity, no fining, no filtration.
- Gold Medal + Trophy (Best Red Blend) – 2021 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
- “Given the style brief, this is pitch perfect. It’s hard to put it down. So I didn’t.” – 95 points, Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion, Dec 2021
- “Deliciously accessible now but the wine should develop well at least in the medium-term.” – 94 points, Bob Campbell, The Real Review, Sep 2021