Growing Region: McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Geoff Merrill
The 2008 vintage was not easy for anyone in the region. One of the many challenges faced during the vintage was the incredible heat wave that affected South Australia and the flow-on affect associated with it.
The growing season began well, with many in the McLaren Vale announcing it would be one of the greatest vintages in recent memory - however once the heat wave struck, conditions rapidly changed, with the early ripening varieties and those well cared for vineyards producing some exciting flavours. After careful management and selective harvesting Geoff and his team have been able to craft another flavour packed wine.
In the glass you have a vibrant, deep red colour with a youthful purple hue. The aroma shows both the grape varieties well, with ripe berry fruits, spice, hints of capsicum, liquorice and black pepper all supported nicely by subtle oak. The palate has a very inviting and well balanced mouth feel with good depth of rich fruit, a well structured mid palate with firm clean tannins and a flavour filled finish. Decant for 30mins and serve at 18C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and over the next 3-4 years.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with tapas, pizza, pasta and the great kiwi summer BBQ, enjoy.
A fruit forward wine, ready to please.