A loud concoction of violets, fennel, chocolate, plums and earth. The palate is big and concentrated.
First impressions are of a loud concoction of violets, fennel, chocolate, plums and earth. The palate is big and concentrated, offering up decadent amounts of cocoa, liquorice and soil which gently surrender to finer elements of violets and pepper as the palate progresses. Firm emery-like tannins add infinite presence and power. A generous amount of time in your decanter or even more so in your cellar, will ensure that all of the aforementioned fruit characters will be exposed, tempering the sheer weight of tannin.
Small batches of grapes are crushed gently and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
Chester Osborn & Jack Walton
A lodestar is something on which your attention is fixed, and the piceous, pitch black nature of this wine is certain to keep your focus until the bottle is finished.
95, Halliday Points
4.5 Stars, Winestate Magazine