Produced from grapes grown at Pipers Brook and at Strathlynn
on the west bank of the Tamar River, 70km away. Northeast sites are
close to Bass Strait and are subject to strong maritime influences. The
Tamar Valley’s hillside slopes offer vines some protection from prevailing
westerly winds, promoting warm, settled conditions for much of the
growing season. The West Tamar also has surprisingly low rainfall.
Sites around Pipers Brook feature Ferrosol (volcanic) soils, while those in
the Tamar Valley are Vertosol (black cracking clay) soils. Both soil types
have excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of
moisture and nourishment to the vines throughout the growing season. Pioneering clonal selection gives consistency of up front fruit and palate balance from old vine material. These 30 Year old vines give low yields with increase concentration and flavour.
Predominantly Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trellises, which expose
bunches to the sun, thus achieving full maturity with well-balanced
flavours and fine, ripe tannins.
Harvested during the cool early morning temperatures, the grapes were destemmed and crushed without delay. The crushed fruit was allowed to soak at cool temperatures for 2-3 days, then inoculated and fermented at between 25-30°C in stainless vessels. The wine was gently pressed off skins prior to full malolactic fermentation. Bottled early under screw cap to preserve intensely perfumed aromas and rich, vibrant fruit with soft velvety tannins.