Leongatha vineyard; 9,000 vines/HA (1996); this wine comes from the major part of the vineyard, cropping at approx. 1.0 to 1.2 tonne/acre. Made to be an immediately accessible, food-friendly wine. The aroma is reminiscent of small berries, blackcurrants with a little fresh plum. There are also spicy notes with a little raspberry and earth. Quite expansive palate with a layered and finely textured entry that reveals fresh red berry fruit and savoury flavours. The structure is totally appropriate for the style with supple and relatively soft tannins. Tannins and fruit vibrancy grow after two hours of breathing.
Clear, bright colour; a complex, fragrant, gently spicy bouquet leads into an elegant palate with juicy flavours on one side, more savoury, foresty notes on the other, joining together on the long, complex finish. Rating: 95 Points. Drink By: 2025 James Halliday, The Wine Companion
There is an attractive mid to deep red colour here and the wine has a combination of fresh cherry and other red berry, primary fruits. The palate has subtle spice and the finish is long and supple. This wine shows an essential freshness that will provide the consumer with the alternative of early opening or can be left to mature for a few more years. Rating: 95 Points; Phillip Jones
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