Melodic high notes of cola and violets slide gracefully into a fresh cherry, mulberry and black plum riff. Step into the shadows to feel the peppery bass groove cascade over layers of luscious dark fruit that tango softly in a tight and silky embrace.
The grapes were sourced from the Malakoff Vineyard in the southern end of the Landsborough Valley in the Pyrenees, Victoria. Cool southerly breezes flow through the vineyard enabling an extended ripening period, allowing the grapes to develop intense flavours and complexity.
The grapes were harvested by hand in the early morning and at the winery the grapes were hand sorted and partially destemmed before being tipped into an open vat fermenter for cold maceration before spontaneous fermentation. The wine was gently plunged and pumped over during fermentation to coax the berries into the spotlight and post ferment the wines stayed on skins for another 2 weeks for added complexity and finesse. After pressing and racking, the wines were matured in a mix of new and old oak barriques for 12 months before bottling without fining and minimal filtration.
Halliday - 92 points
Fruit is sourced from the Malakoff Vineyard. Partial destemming and fermentation in open vats, 12 months' maturation in a mix of old and new barrels. Arrives in the glass almost impenetrable in dark purple/black hues. Restrained scent of violet aromatics, blueberry compote, blackberries and melted chocolate. Savoury spice, cardamom, cola and licorice. Carries the density and ripe tannins well. It's a big mouthful of flavour.
- Jeni Port
WineState 4 Stars
Sam Kim - 95 Points
Gorgeously fruited and fragrant, the wine shows Black Doris plum, blueberry compote, violet, cedar and subtle spice notes on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that's succulent and supple. It's pristine and flavoursome with elegant spicy nuances, finishing wonderfully long and silky. At its best: 2022 to 2034.
The shiraz from Central Victoria is some of Australia’s finest, with the Pyrenees one of the leading regions thanks to its cooler nights, which gives the local wines elegance and complexity. This example is bright deep ruby in colour showcasing its impressive fruit concentration. There are layers of ripe blackberry and mulberry fruits with regional white pepper supplemented by sweet oak. The palate is then dry and full-bodied with layers of open-knit ripe dark red and black berry fruits making for an easy drinking style to enjoy over the next five years.