From a 40 year old vineyard in McLaren Flat we allowed full maturity then harvested to open fermenters for a long cool fermentation prior to maturation in a mixture of oak barrels of which 25% are new.
After blending individually selected barrels this wine is bottled. We decided to use DIAM cork for this wine to allow wine development with a traditional, yet risk free experience.
Colour: Deep cherry red with purple and brick red hue.
Nose: Fresh and lifted with hints of ripe plum and red currant augmented with nutty, slightly cigar-box like oak and a light herbal lift.
Palate: Full and rich with fine grained new oak tannin and balanced acidity with a crunchy cassis nuance. Complex dry red notes backed by richness but needing some time to come together.
Potential: This vintage has produced well structured, wines that have potential. Sealed under DIAM cork. Ideally decant on opening and allow to breathe for a hour or two.
Foods: Cassoulet or confit duck. Roast lamb and potato with carrot.
Technical: Alcohol: 14.0% , pH 3.63, TA 5.8
Bottles produced: 1662
Vintage: The 2016 vintage was a classic vintage for McLaren Vale with robust yet elegant characters.
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