97 Points & Top Wines of 2016 James Halliday
The hallmarks of power, concentration, complexity and great length feature in this wine. A magnificent wine reflecting the unique terroir (soil and climate) of their site.
Meticulously managed vines from the original plantings produce moderate yields of fully ripened fruit. The hand picked fruit is lightly crushed and destalked into a rotary fermenter with 5% whole bunches and a pure yeast culture incorporated. The ferment temperature is allowed to peak at 32 degrees. After gently extracting colour, flavour and tannins from the skins over a 7 to 8 day period, the wine is pressed followed by 12 months maturation in tight grain French oak barriques (25 to 30 % new).
“The colour and bouquet are good, the palate another thing again, souring with its energy and drive, its length prodigious. Complex, earthy dark fruits are tied together by savoury tannins of the highest quality” – 97 Points & Top Wines of 2016 James Halliday