COLOUR: Deep rich purple.
NOSE: A distinctive and characteristic Black Label nose defined by layers of fragrant dark berries and blackcurrant, backed up with deep notes of espresso coffee, panforte and smoky, toasted nut barrel ferment characters. Hints of Langhorne Creek mint are evident without being dominant. Classic cigar-box complexity is starting to express itself and is expected to develop further with time.
PALATE: A complex, multi-layered and mouth-filling wine, with refined yet opulent fruit and a plush, velvety texture. Perfectly ripe spicy blackberry and blood-plum flavours fill out a beautifully balanced palate that’s complexed by integrated mocha oak and finessed with supple, elegant tannins that impart a defined line and exceptional length of flavour.
The Riedel Trophy for Best Wine from a Multi-Regional Blend (Section 4): 2015 Langhorne Creek Wine Show (Class 28)
The Riedel Trophy for Best Wine from a Multi-Regional Blend (Section 4): 2014 Langhorne Creek Wine Show (Class 22)
The Tonellerie Saint Martin Trophy for Best Wine $60 and over: 2014 Great Australian Red Competition (Class 3)
Double Gold Medal: 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal: 2017 The Great Australian Red Competition (Class 2)
Gold Medal: 2016 China Wine & Spirits Awards
Gold Medal: 2016 Japan Wine Challenge
Gold Medal: 2016 International Wine Challenge
Gold Medal: 2016 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
Gold Medal: 2015 Langhorne Creek Wine Show (Class 28)
Gold Medal: 2014 Langhorne Creek Wine Show (Class 22)
Gold Medal: 2014 Great Australian Red Competition (Class 3)
Gold Medal: 2014 National Wine Show of Australia (Class 24)
Winter rainfall was close to the long-term average resulting in full soil moisture profiles. Spring temperatures fluctuated between warmer than average and very cool and summer temperatures were ideal, with mild to warm days and frequent cool nights. Combined with low crop levels, this culminated in near-perfect ripening conditions, producing bright, varietal fruit with intensity of colour and flavour, excellent natural acidity and superb line and balance.
Langhorne Creek - McLaren Vale
54% Cabernet Sauvignon - 41% Shiraz - 5% Malbec
Harvested at optimum maturity and flavour, fruit from each vineyard was crushed, destemmed and fermented separately for seven to twelve days on skins. The ferments were allowed to warm naturally with plunging and gentle pumping over used to maximise colour and flavour extraction. Mid-ferment cooling extended fermentation, exploiting time on skins and accentuating line and length. The wines were pressed while still retaining a touch of sugar, then transferred to barrel to complete fermentation, allowing a balanced integration of oak characters and enhancing texture and complexity.
Matured as individual vineyard batches in a combination of 40% new and 38% seasoned French oak, 12% new and 10% seasoned American oak for 20 months.
Great with slow roasted venison shoulder with rosemary and soft polenta or vintage cheddar with walnuts and honey-poached quince.
2016 to 2042 - This wine will develop with age, softening and mellowing to reward many years of careful cellaring.
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