Hayview Vineyard, Mount Barker WA, planted 2001, north-south facing rows, a hilltop with a southerly slope, loam over ironstone soils, pesticide and herbicide-free vineyard practices.
Machine picked, 7 days on fermentation on skins in open fermenters with hand plunging twice daily, natural cultured yeast, tank pressed, 10 months in seasoned French oak barriques on lees and then matured in stainless steel tank to settle prior to bottling.
Purple and bright in colour, floral and lifted spice bouquet with hints of oak. Cherries and red fruits collide across the palate with earthy, graphite notes giving added texture and interest. Sweet and savoury at the same time, the wine completes its palate journey with white pepper notes & fruit generosity while the older oak lends a rounded, soft, elegant and juicy long finish.
Minimal filtration, vegan fined and minimal sulphur on bottling to keep the wine fresh and lively.
Pair with winter braises, slow-cooked and/or smoked meats (American style brisket or short ribs), or northern Italian cuisine.
Andrew Vesey, Consultant; Clandestine Vineyards
Castelli Estate, Denmark WA
Nick and Trudy Stacy