This is a beautifully balanced wine with lifted red berries and savoury undertones. It is medium bodied with spicy red fruits on the palate and is rounded off by mouth coating tannin that is a hallmark of this variety. Following in the traditional Italian method, this wine was aged in an eight year old French oak barrel for 21 months adding to an extra 15 months bottle age, prior to its recent release.
|Notes From The Winemaker:||A drier than normal winter in 2015 meant budburst happened 2 weeks earlier than usual. Normally this puts us at slight risk to frost but some spring rainfall helped the frost stay away and ensured healthy growth in the vines. While it was a dry growing season, maximum temperatures were still moderate and the harvest dates for all varieties ended up falling back to their expected times, not earlier as experienced in other grape-growing regions. The Hilltops region is blessed with mostly drier and warmer days with some cooling relief at night due to its continental position.|
|Fruit Source:||100% Hilltops, NSW|
|Wine Analysis:||Alcohol = 14.0%, pH = 3.62, TA = 6.5g/L|