“Deep, dense colour - red/purple and very brooding. Intense fruit aroma of blueberry, raspberry, rhubarb and a talcum powder high-note from oak. A trace of violet starting up. The wine is intense and concentrated, bold and bright if not really complex yet. Give it time. This is a bright, bouncy youngster with firm tannins which has yet to give of its best. It needs more time."*
96 points-Huon Hooke*
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Cabernet Franc 89%, Merlot 6% and Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
- Vine to Wine
- Tasting Notes
The growing season started with a record wet winter. Spring was great, resulting in a good even bud burst and flowering. A record hot January and early February 2017 resulted in an early start for chardonnay harvest in late February. The seasons rain and cool weather in early March combined with excellent dry conditions allowed the red varieties to start the harvest mid-April. Resulting in moderate crops and produced excellent quality fruit. Fruit was picked from Block 2 at Koomooloo, 28-year-old vines. Once crop thinned (3T per hectare), the fruit was handpicked and chilled overnight. Destemmed into open fermenter. Lightly plunged twice a day until spontaneous fermentation 4 days later, then irrigated with sprinkler twice a day until near completion of fermentation, then plunged for a further 14 days. The fruit was pressed gently only, then transferred to 75% new French oak barrels. Racked once during 18months when removed from barrel and then bottled.
"Deep, red colour, intense fruit, strong blackberry with very fine integrated oak aromas. Strong intense varietal flavours. Showing great complexity and balance of fruit flavours, spicy oak and firm tannins. A beautiful example of Cabernet Franc varietal. At least 20years of careful cellaring." PS