Fruit for this wine was grown in our Omahu Gravels (65%) and Twyford Gravels (35%) Vineyards situated in the heart of the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels grape-growing district. Gimblett Gravels soils are made up of relatively recent alluvial deposits of gravel and varying degrees of silt and sand. Naturally, free draining and low vigour soils, meticulous vineyard management and the 2018 season produced grapes with intense varietal character, depth and clarity of flavour. Naturally low yields and “green harvesting” has resulted in good fruit concentration balanced with fresh natural acidity, typical of our region and wines.
The 2018 growing season started with an excellent spring and flowering period which was followed by a long spell of hot weather with regular rainfall events through the summer months. With ample soil moisture, our harvest started earlier than the previous two vintages, luckily the cooler Autumn weather helped retain natural acidities as the season progressed. Despite the challenges in the season due to intermittent rainfall events, the winery team are delighted with the quality and flavours of the wines this year.
Individual vineyard parcels were harvested, destemmed, lightly crushed and fermented as small batches in open-top fermenters. During ferment, the batches were gently plunged and pumped over on skins to extract desirable tannin, flavour and colour. The wines were then pressed off and run to French oak barrels where they completed malolactic fermentation. After resting in barrel for 12 months (14% new and balanced seasoned), the batches were lightly egg white fined, naturally settled, blended and gently filtered before bottling in July 2019.
Fragrant background spice, red berry and floral notes combine on a flavoursome, refreshing and finely textured palate. This perfumed and balanced wine will continue to develop over time and is best enjoyed with food.
Grilled and Roasted Red Meats
Great with venison, beef and hard cheese
Blend: 100% Syrah
Closure: Screw cap
Style: Still wine
Suitable for Vegetarians: No
Suitable for Vegans: No