"Classical in style the 2009 Dreadnought shows the lifted aromas of speck and peat typical of Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah and showcases the riper fruit spectrum of the variety with overt blue berries and black pepper notes. The palate is elegant with supple fruit, vibrant acidity and a large presence of fine grained tannins emulating the structure of classical Northern Rhone. Stylish, finely balanced and rewarding in its youth we see the 2009 Dreadnought developing gracefully in age as the fine boned structure becomes more apparent and great complexity ensues."
"Sourced from our steepest hillside vineyards, the Syrah for the Dreadnought was hand harvested, destemmed without crushing and fermented in small open top fermenters, plunged twice per day. Following an average of 3 weeks on skins the wines were gently pressed to oak barrels for Malolactic fermentation. Each parcel of fruit was kept separate in the winery until the final blending sessions after 15 months in oak. Aged in 15% new French, 5% new American and 80% old oak. 14% alc."