Source: Hand harvested from the home vineyard block planted in 1996
Clone: Mostly PT23 with a few others not identified.
Winemaking Notes: 25% whole bunch. Open pot fermented with daily hand plunging. After cold-soaking fermentation starting naturally and was later assisted by the addition of cultured yeasts. Aged for 10 months in well-seasoned French oak barriques.
Characteristics: A richer fruited Shiraz this year that carries its 14.4% ABV extremely well. Rich dark plum, spice, vanilla and dark chocolate. Whilst medium bodied it is quite dense and has a smooth pepper/spice carry through the long and savoury palate.
"Aromatic, some cracked pepper, hazlenut, blue and purple fruit. Beautifully made and has an Italiante feel to it. 94 points" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front