Nose: Black fruits, baking spices, dried flowers, olives
Palate: Rich, dark berries, savoury, elegant tannins, youthful
Food match: Venison or lean beef, olives & roasted tomatoes
Oak: French oak, 11 months, 34% new
Colour: Vibrant, deep red
Early winter chilling and above average rainfall led to complete dormancy, even budburst and uniform vine growth. With warm days, cool nights and only 11.5mm rainfall over summer, this was one of our best and driest preludes to vintage. Fruit ripened consistently and retained excellent natural acidity, with lower
Baumes, bright flavours and great varietal expression.
2013: Lifted aromatics of dried flowers with blueberries and nuances of spice lead into a medium-bodied palate displaying fresh, vibrant black and blue fruits with complex gravelly earthy notes, hints of spice and some savoury black olive elements. The fine layered tannins integrate seamlessly with nuances of cedar and vanillan, derived from the restrained use of French and American oak. Drink now to 2023.
2012: Minimal sign of development in this wine which still displays juicy, black fruit and coulis character, pepper and soft spices. Complex fruit notes and a gravelly earthiness on the palate, fine layered tannins and well-integrated oak. The 2012 vintage is remembered as one of our warmest summers and earliest vintages with above average yields producing exceptionally clean, pure fruit with great varietal expression. Drink now to 2027.
2011: An intense wine from a warm, humid growing season which display rich, ripe blackberry and mulberry fruit character with soft, sweet spice notes on the nose. The palate follows through with similarly rich fruit, structural tannins and some oak softness which will continue to integrate if cellared a little longer. Drink now to 2026.
2010: Pure, balanced and elegant. A complex bouquet of red and blueberry fruits with distinct dried flower notes and hints of spice leads to an silky smooth palate displaying berry fruits, white pepper and vanilla spice notes. A fine, cool-climate Shiraz just now starting to show notes of age. Drink now to 2025.
2009: From an unusually hot late ripening season this is a rich and concentrated Shiraz with ripe berry coulis fruit character and savoury notes of coffee bean, anise and white pepper. The fruit purity together with fine, silky tannins and excellent balance will ensure this wine will continue to develop in the bottle.
2008: A little more austere than other Shiraz vintages, yet displaying elegance and structure. Dark black fruits, hints of spice and anise intertwine with sweet vanillin and cedary oak in a somewhat fruit cake light aroma. Hints of leather and a gamey mid-palate savoury character together with soft, powdery tannins make this a complete wine. Great drinking now. Recommend decanting.
2007: Shiraz loves warmth and 2007 provided its ideal ripening conditions. This is a rich and concentrated wine dominated by ripe dark mulberry fruit, subtle vanillan oak, with some earthy, anise spice and dark chocolate notes developing nicely. Tannins are mature, silky, long and balanced. Drink now
2006: From one of Margaret River's most challenging red vintages comes this intriguing Shiraz which has retained bright blue fruit notes even as it ages. Hints of forest floor, liquorice, pepper and anise, well-integrated oak and fine, well-balanced tannins, complete the package which still has plenty of drinking enjoyment. Drink now.