“As ever a big wine, but not ugly. Dark fruit, dark chocolate oak, dark, warming flavours. There’s an effortless blackness here – a deep, all consuming black, licoricey, almost tarry width. It’s fractionally boozy, but not dessicated, just driven by black, almost molasses intensity. Packs a massive wallop of flavour, with a length that is something else. Impressive, but can you forgive the alcohol warmth in a quest for length like that? I can. Will live forever too. Best drinking: 2020-2034. 18/20, 93/100. Would I buy it? A glass or two now, more later.” Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review.
2016 Ballarat Wine Show Trophy for Best Wine of Show,
2016 Ballarat Wine Show Trophy for Best Shiraz,
2016 Ballarat Wine Show Trophy for Best Regional Shiraz.
2014 was a difficult year in Bendigo with an extensive frost damaging some of the vineyards during flowering in November. The resulting crop produced small berries with rich and concentrated flavours in excellent condition. The berries were harvested by hand in several passes through the vineyard to ensure that the grapes were picked in peak condition. Bunch thinning prior to harvest kept yields to a minimum and encouraged intense flavours in the fruit.
The fruit was destemmed and crushed and was then pumped straight to small open vats for fermentation. A slow fermentation on skins over the next 14 to 20 days occurred with the number of pump overs and plunging kept to a minimum and to maintain the quality of the fruit. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barriques (30% new), and bottled without fining.