The 2012 vintage season followed excellent winter rains that replenished depleted soil moisture levels enabling the vines to develop a balanced canopy during a typical warm dry spring. Rain in November and December provided adequate soil moisture for even ripening during the cool, mostly dry autumn. The grapes were progressively harvested from late April into May, three months after most varieties.
A selection of both varieties was dried slowly for up to 10 days, the desiccated grapes added to the remaining handpicked harvest for fermentation. The young wines characterised by very intense tannins were aged separately in old oak barrels for two years, prior to blending and bottling in 2014. Subsequently, the wine was cellared another two years at 14oC to allow the tannins to integrate and enrich the palate.
In a generous glass this mid-weight wine displays complex and enveloping aromas ranging from fresh red berries to dried morello cherries and fruit cake mingled with undertones of earthy mushroom typically associated with dried grapes and classic Amarone wines. These traits and fruit richness extend onto the lingering palate – savoury, complex and textural with a soft tannin frame and balancing acid, ensuring this wine will continue to evolve for years to come.