The palate, though big and opulent, has an elegant, smooth texture, some mocha and cedar oak character combined with ripe, dark berry fruit and fine tannins.
Deep vibrant red with purple hues, its complex bouquet is made up of dark berry, plums and black cherry with a hint of vanilla and spice. The palate shows an excellent depth of flavor with abundant rich, dark berry fruit and spicy, well-balanced oak. For a long, rewarding finish, the intense flavors are supported by supple, fine-grain tannins.
GRAPE SOURCE:Sourced from premium vineyards within the Limestone Coast, with the majority coming from the Coonawarra and Padthaway regions. Mild to warm conditions during the ripening period produce berries with excellent color and optimum flavor.
VINIFICATION:The Limestone Coast Shiraz was fermented in both small, four-ton open fermenters and 35-ton Roto fermenters. Selected wine parcels then received extended maceration to enhance palate weight and tannin structure. The outstanding parcels were pressed off skins and finished fermentation in fine-grained, medium-toasted oak barrels. Maturation for up to 20 months was in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels.