"The bouquet is classic McLaren Vale showing notes of warm plums, blueberries, mulberry, mocha and subtle hints of coconut husk. Bold, rich and round. Crammed full of plummy fruit spice and Christmas cake. Finishes round, soft and cuddly yet very seductive. This wine is fun to drink now and will age well up to 10 years. "
"The grapes were crushed into and fermented in 5, 7 and 10 tonne open fermenters. During the peak of fermentation the batches received regular pump overs 3 times daily to extract colour, flavour and tannin. The average time on skins was 15 days. The free run was drained off and the skins were pressed, with the pressings then combined with the free run. After 24 hours the wine was racked to barrel where malolactic fermentation proceeded. The final blend was lightly fined and unfiltered prior to bottling. Matured 12 months 12% new American oak hogsheads, the balance in 1-6 year old French and American hogsheads. 15.1% alc."
"91 pts ... Deep ruby. Smoky, spice-accented dark berry and cola aromas are complemented by an intense floral quality. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering sweet blueberry and cassis flavors and a bracing jolt of acidity to add lift. Closes with very good energy and focus, leaving spicecake and violet pastille notes behind."