The aroma is generous and inviting and very McLaren Vale with bright berry fruits marrying well with the toasty French oak.
The palate is full flavoured yet shows restraint. Fine powerful tannins come forward as the ripe fruit flavours subside revealing the distinctive and elegant structure beneath.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: Overall we regard 2005 as a very good vintage. Abundant winter rains ensured adequate soil moisture for the summer ripening period ahead. This meant very healthy vines with good canopies. The summer turned out to be reasonably mild, which meant optimal ripeness temperatures brought the harvest forward by about two weeks. Red wines from 2005 vintage typically show very good varietal characters with well balanced tannins and acid.
|Maturation||34 months in French oak hogsheads|
“There was never any doubt about the balance and longevity of this wine, so its youth and power are no surprise. Black fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate and cedary tannins are all at one with each other. It is accessible now, but with a long life ahead.”
James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)