Cardinia Ranges, Port Phillip Zone
Harvest Baumé – 12.6 to 13.0
Total acidity – 6.3 g/l
pH – 3.40
Alcohol – 14.3% alc/vol
This vineyard is planted on an northerly aspect and southerly aspect in the Cardinia Ranges and yielded around 1.0 tonne/acre off dry grown vines. The fruit was destemmed without crushing the berries, fermented in an open wooden fermenter. Natural fermentation reaching 36 °C ensured maximum extraction of flavours and other essential fruit components including tannins and colour. Maceration extended up to 50 days with gentle hand plunging and pumping over. The wine was aged in 40% new French Tronçais oak for a period of 12 months, with a further 24 months in bottle prior to release.
Quite complex on the nose, this wine deliveries opulent lifted sweet ripe wild strawberries and cherries with some savoury toasty bacon fat and some truffle. On the palate it is velvety, juicy, earthy, meaty and savoury. Boastfully, this is quite a forward and powerful wine with balanced acidity at the finish as well as good velvety fine tannins. Whilst drinking well now, it is a wine that will continue to build in structure and flavour whilst simultaneously harmonising. The wine will continue to develop and will take on more truffle and earthy complexity as it ages.