100% Tempranillo from the Bayliss road vineyard in the McLaren Vale region, which has some of the oldest Tempranillo vines, planted 15 years ago on sandy soils.
Fruit was de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in an open-top fermenter. Warm fermentation temperatures combined with regular pumpovers to start with, and then plunging as fermentation slowed, ensured a balance of tannin extraction whilst still maintaining aromatics and depth of fruit. A portion was matured in older French oak.
Aromatics of black cherry, sweet plum and hints of all spice are evident, whilst the palate is a little more serious with blackberries, spice and an earthiness that gives the wine a savoury note. The tannins are persistent and promote great length, backed up by a balanced acid structure.
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