After hand picking, destemmed prior to fermentation in open top fermenters for 8 days, gently pumped over by hand twice a day. The resulting wine was matured for 24 months in new (30%) and seasoned French oak hogsheads prior to careful racking and blending. A further two years in bottle has allowed the wine to develop further complexity.
Brooding dark red fruit, plum, black pepper, anise, and cedar spice drive a complex array of aromatics. The aromas carry on to a palate that is rich and generous, with fine elegant tannins that accentuate the wine’s length. The 2018 vintage is a classic Hutton Vale Shiraz that will reward careful cellaring over the next 15+ years.
“A special vineyard that routinely expresses blueberries laced with graphite, sheets of hung deli meat, raspberry, ground white pepper, fresh nutmeg and littered with crushed pink peppercorns. The fruit shines in a way that evokes memories of the nearby landscape… towering gum trees, exposed granite boulders in places, and fresh, open air. This is spicy, layered and nuanced. It’s really good.”
– 96 Points. Erin Larkin. 2023 Wine Companion