We experienced a mild winter, and after an initially dry spring, a good amount of rain followed. An early bud-burst was followed by cooler periods, aside from brief heat spikes in November. Windy conditions started in November. December was relatively cool, and flowering a little patchy. In January we experienced lower than average growing degree days and above average rainfall. Cool, mild conditions prevailed through to mid-February, with nights often dipping below 10 degrees Celsius. Wind continued to be a challenge throughout the season and vine canopies were quite low in vigour. By late February the temperatures lifted and veraison went well. Crops were low due to the flowering conditions, however ripening progressed well, with harvest commencing in late March.
Bright lifted red fruit notes complement darker savoury earth tones along with spice, a touch of chocolate and subtle blood orange nuances. The palate is generous and complex, focused throughout by a mineral freshness and energy, and supported by lovely acidity with persistence of fine textural tannins. A wine that will continue to gain complexity, and a we expect a cellaring potential of 10+ years.
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