Good soaking rains during winter and early spring provided ample soil moisture for the start of the growing season. Spring was relatively cool with below average temperatures for the months of October and November.
A heavy downpour of rain during flowering led to reduced berry number per bunch in the Grenache particularly, leading to lower yields but intense flavours. However, the rain and cool weather was short lived, with a return to below average rain from October to February and above average temperatures in December through to March. The prolonged warmer temperatures resulted in a significantly slower veraison this season, but the vines coped well under the conditions and welcomed some cooler weather late in the ripening period. Berry sizes were smaller across the vineyard and show promising fruit concentration.
As always, the vineyard was entirely hand picked with each parcel of fruit carefully selected.
|Region||Drummonds Lane, Heathcote, Victoria|
|Harvested||25 February - 6 March|
|Clones||BVRC12, BVRC30, ESA3021, PT23, SA1654, SA1127|
|Barrel||17 months, 100% French, 20% new|
|Cellaring||Stored carefully this wine will age gracefully for at least 15 years|
Our five individual blocks and their various sections where handled separately in the winery and vintage 2013 created 16 unique batches of wine. The grapes were fermented in a combination of open and closed fermenters after gentle destemming, with some batches receiving whole bunches. The wines were then pressed and transferred immediately into French Oak barrels 300L hogsheads (20% new) for malolactic fermentation. Racked three times during maturation, bottled July 2014.
Beautiful, fine perfume with layers of red and black fruits. The wine is exceptionally poised with characteristic floral notes, tar, gun flint and excellent balance and concentration. The palate is seamless, elegant and plush, loaded with fruit texture and beautifully ripe tannins.