Bright and youthful ruby-red in the glass with a classic nose of ripe damson plum and spice, with a touch of vanilla from the oak. Rich and ripe on the palate with light tannins and balancing acidity, leading to a long finish.
Certainly enjoyable on release with grilled meats, hard cheeses and tomato-based pastas or pizzas, or cellar for the medium-term for added complexity.
The grapes were hand harvested in early October exclusively from the Lakeshore Farm Vineyard to the northeast of the winery. After manual sorting on shaker tables to remove any unwanted fruit, leaves or insects, the grapes were crushed and destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks with regular pumping over to extract colour and structure. After 30 days skin contact, the wine was pressed and 1/3 was transferred to one second-use and one third-use 500 litre French oak tonneaux while the other 2/3 remained in stainless steel tanks. After malolactic fermentation, the wine remained in tonneaux and tank until it was bottled in May 2016 following light fining and filtration.