The deep ruby centre is complemented with strong plum, oak and spicy tones. A bouquet of violets and fresh fruits leaps out of the glass. The wine has a very soft front palate and fruity, but firm, mid palate with a fresh and long after taste. The Shiraz provides this blend with typical red fruit and spicy flavours, the Mourvèdre provides berry and fresh herbal aromas and the Viognier complements the overall aromatic sensation and softness to accompany the wood.
Shiraz: 66 %
Mourvèdre: 23 %
Viognier: 11 %
After final blending of all the components the wine were transferred to 50% new oak barrels and 50% second fill barrels, where it matured for 33 months for all the flavours and tannins to integrate. 80% French, 15% American and 5% Hungarian oak barrels were used for the maturation. The wine also spent 9 months in the bottle prior to release.
Grapes were cooled overnight to 6 degrees Celsius and de-stemmed and gently crushed early the next morning. The Shiraz grapes were fermented dry and then pressed to a stainless steel tank for malolactic fermentation (MLF). Shiraz was moved to 300L second fill French oak barrels.Part of the Shiraz was co-fermented with the Mourvedre and moved into second fill 300L French oak barrels. until completion of MLF. The Viognier was fermented on its skins and pressed at 8° B to new 500L Hungarian oak barrels where it stayed on the lees for 2 months, with regular stirring of the lees.