Winter of 2014 was colder and drier than normal leading to a warm, dry spring that saw good even bud break and consistent healthy shoot growth. A cooler than average summer coupled with good rain at the right times saw consistent, healthy growth in all blocks. The season proceeded in a very even and pleasing fashion. A very cool dry March led to a longer ripening period allowing for maximum flavour development with good rain occurring at the right time to maintain vine health.
Harvest started on 18 February and the 2015 vintage proceeded exceptionally well. With the ripening period so even, all fruit was picked in optimum condition. All the fruit arrived at the winery in excellent condition with excellent fruit flavours and terrific natural acidity.
Early indications are that the 2015 vintage will be as good as the highly regarded 2010 and 2012 vintages.
|Region||Drummonds Lane, Heathcote|
|25 February – 6 March|
The grapes were fermented in a combination of open and closed fermenters with up to three weeks total time on skins (some whole bunches). The wines were then pressed and transferred immediately into barrels for malolactic fermentation. Remained in barrel for a total of 17 months (100% French, majority 300L hogsheads) and during maturation was racked three times.
The 2015 vintage has wonderful balance and intensity of flavour, it has great appeal now but will last the distance. Bright dark berry fruit and lifted spice dominate the aromas, with underlying scents of pepper and subtle French oak. The palate is plush and silky, loaded with dark fruited shiraz intensity. Fine structure and excellent concentration.