The Vine Vale vineyard consists of entirely old vines, dry-grown on a friable sandy loam which results in low cropping levels of
intensely flavoured fruit. From the 2008 vintage we harvested shiraz fruit from these vineyards at optimum sugar, acid and
After harvesting, the fruit was crushed, cooled and transported to the Hunter Valley for vinification. Cold soaking the must, warm fermentation in small open topped fermenters, pressing andmaturation in new French and American oak barriques has given rise to this powerful wine, with strong fruit and subtle tannins. A style which is capable of being cellared for a decade whilst being approachable in its youth.
Intense ribena and blackberry fruit characters combined with strong vanillin and mocha chocolate aromas from fermentation and maturation in French and American oak.
A full-bodied wine with fleshyshiraz fruit, fine-grained tannins and a sweet, succulent finish. A beautifully balanced wine with great length and persistence.