This wine combines the richness and spicy opulence of Great Southern Shiraz with the earthy muscularity and structure of Malbec. The aromatics are dominated by lifted dark blue fruits, such as mulberries and spiced plums with sprinkles of red berries overlaid. These flavours continue onto the medium bodied palate, where the structure of the Malbec comes to the fore – ripe, rich and structured tannins of good weight and length. This is a fruit-driven style designed for medium-term drinking with the oak playing a supporting role; however, the structure will allow the wine to be confidently cellared over the next 10 years.
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2019, 2018, 2017
2019 has been a real roller coaster of a vintage with freak weather events, lower than expected crops and plagues of animals. Winter rains over the Great Southern were steady and provided the vines with good soil moisture which allowed the vine to power on into a dry and mild spring. Frost hit some low lying vineyards in the Frankland River wine-growing area hard destroying crops and reducing yields. The weather during the grape ripening into early vintage was more mild than average, with notably colder nights.
The fruit underwent Pre-fermentation cold soaking for 6 days followed by a clean, warm (25-30°C) ferment. Maceration was via twice daily pump-overs (using specialised gentle tannin extraction method) as well as 3 x rack returns during ferment. Yeast strains used were RX60 and Clos. Total time on skins was 16 days to allow for maximum fruit retention and balanced tannin development. The wine was aged in 2 and 3 year old French Oak hogsheads.
T/A: 6.3 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.3g/L