The palate is smooth and rounded with a base of solid fine grained tannins with rich dark fruit flavours and well integrated spice and pencil shaving oak. The finish is long and persistent with lingering fruit flavours.
The nose displays classic cassis aromas with mulberry and dried herb notes, barrel maturation contributes subtle spicy cedar.
The wine was pressed off skins with 15% of the blend undergoing extended maceration on skins. The wine was aged in new and old French and American oak barrels to complete primary and malolactic fermentation.
The wines was racked off lees, the barrels cleaned and the wine then transferred back to wood for a further 18 months barrel maturation with one more racking during this period to aid in wine development.
Drinking very well now and if stored correctly will age gracefully for 10+ years