The vineyard itself is really sandy resulting in concentrated fruit and tannins. As the sandy soil doesn’t have much water-retaining capacity, the vines produce grapes with small berries and with small berries you get a higher ratio of skins to juice. The more skins, the more tannin and colour.
This Shiraz has great colour and when you first smell it you get the typical shiraz aromas of blackberry and tobacco leaf. We get a bit of cigar box and vanilla from the oak we’ve used too but yet so much finesse! Blackberries and black olive flavours. It’s not the run-of-the-mill, overripe Shiraz you can pick up at any bottle shop. It has these lovely, plentiful soft tannins that coat the cheeks and are tightly coiled on the tongue. The acid balance on this wine makes it refreshing as well as opulent and plush. It’s absolutely one of our faves!
Fresh cherries and liquorice dominate the palate. A mixture of French and American oak plays a supporting role. The tannins are fine and plentiful.