A very hot and dry summer took its toll on the Rhone varietals on the estate and it was quite the challenge to work with the grapes this vintage. The Shiraz block not looking very pretty at harvest, gave the best tasting juice we ever had on the estate. In the same way the Mourvedre surprised us, with honey bees in between the bunches as harvest. Destalked and fermented in open top stainless steel fermenters with a combination of punch downs and pump overs. Aged in French and American oak (75/25) respectively and bottled after 13 months in the barrels.
Beautiful aroma of dried prunes and apricots with some hints of mushroom and forest floor. The American oak backs the wine with some “sweetness” of black cherries and vanilla. The pallet is opulent and backed with ripe soft tannins and good acidic balance.