Distinctive aromas of ripe plum and pepper spices, mouth-filling sweet red-berry flavours and gentle tannins characterize this wine. A touch of Viognier was co-fermented with the Shiraz for the aromatic lift it gives to the wine, which emphasises the berry fruit and spice aromas on the nose. The American oak barrels give a hint of vanilla spice and contribute to the smooth silky tannins.
Vivid ruby colour, with orange tints; heady bouquet of considerable finesse with hints of plums, mulberries, roses and dried violets, backed by pleasing suggestions of resin and spices (cloves, cinnamon); dry, very savoury, rather tannic flavour with an elegant, lingering aftertaste of toasted hazelnuts.
A combination of blood orange, redcurrant, iodine, oregano and rosewater give the wine strong aromatics and exotic flavours.
As it develops we will see even more layers of complexity in the form of game, cured meats and new leather.
The palate is pleasantly medium bodied, displaying a beautiful restraint that allows all of these flavours to share the spotlight.
The tannins are slightly cedary.