Cottage Block (Block D) is an area well sheltered from the cool north westerly winds and therefore a slightly warmer microclimate than other blocks within the vineyard.
About the Vineyard
The fruit was sourced from our Cottage Block – an area well sheltered from the cool north westerly winds, and therefore a slightly warmer microclimate than other blocks within the vineyard. Intensive viticulture practices included hand pruning, selective shoot and leaf removal and the removal of slow ripening and second set bunches.
About 70% of the fruit was destemmed before fermentation, with gentle maceration through hand plunging. The wine was racked to a mix of French barriques, 40% new, for ten months, through which malolactic fermentation occurred. Each barrel was tasted and blended, filtered and bottled, prior to maturing for a further 15 months before release.
The deep hues are characteristic of the season. aromas of black cherry, Asian spice and peat from the whole bunch component, with some savoury olive and dutch licorice adding to the complexity. The palate has brilliant balance of tannin and acidity, with fleshy black fruit on the front palate and a long, fresh finish. Hints of spice complexity and fine French oak provide a hint of what may unfold as the wine further develops in the glass over several hours or from cellaring.
Slow cooked duck with green olives, Herbes de Provence and spiced couscous or shiitake and black olive scallopine with artichokes and capers.