2007 was a very dry growing season, the start of our drought and caused the vines to produce very low crops of 1 tonne per acre. Bunches of very small berries, making the skin to juice ratio very high. The grapes were harvested at the optimum time to deliver the intensity of the fruit and varietal characteristics, the best of Langhorne Creek Shiraz.
This wine was made as a small batch (9 tonne) in a open fermentor for 8 days. Our finest new French barrels and first year barrels were carefully chosen to be used for maturation of this exceptional batch of wine. It was pressed off skins and carefully monitored in the barrels. Being bottled after 14 months maturation to ensure the correct balance of oak to fruit was achieved.
The wine has a lovely richness combined with intensity and the spicy characteristics and power of a great shiraz.
The wine has incredible depth of colour and good palate weight to provide lingering flavours with each sip.
This wine is worthy of drinking after 15 years which it now is and it is silky smooth, and will show further development with aging in the bottle over 12 years.
James Halliday 94 Points Wine Companion 2010