Our philosophy is to capture the distinctive elegance, finesse and vibrant fruit flavours of the Barossa Valley, one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions. Along the foothills of the Barossa Valley, a tapestry of ancient red friable clay soils combines with a warm and dry climate to create a unique environment for vines to develop fruit that has a vibrancy and depth of flavour like nowhere else on earth. From the very beginning, our viticultural practices nurture the sustainable health of the vine that moderates vine vigour and yield, and produces small berries of intense flavour and distinctive varietal character.
It starts with picking the grapes at ripeness levels that give the wines a freshness of fruit and natural balance of flavour. Modern winemaking techniques allow us to carefully control fermentation and draw out the delicate aromatics from the fruit whilst retaining its varietal character and elegance. French oak adds a seamless seductive texture and entices further flavour development from the fruit. Uniquely expressive in character with depth of flavour, elegance and finesse, these contemporary wines are made to enjoy upon release, yet they will reward further cellaring.
The growing season commenced with good levels of moisture in the soils from winter rainfall. This supported vine health from early in the season. A cool spring led to good flowering conditions, with temperatures remaining cooler than average in the summer months. Cooler nights throughout March delivered excellent flavour development in the fruit. Harvest commenced a little later than average, extending into April. An excellent growing season, noted for fruit with incredible varietal character, elegance and colour.
Vineyard blocks were harvested and vinified separately. Fruit was destemmed and transferred into fermentation tanks for pre-fermentation maceration, then fermented at controlled temperatures for up to seven days to retain the elegant and vibrant varietal characters and create soft tannin structure. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine was racked and underwent malolactic fermentation. It was then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to impart a softness and texture, and enhance bouquet, varietal character, elegance and structure.