This wine displays lifted floral perfume characters. On the palate red berry flavours of strawberry and cherry compliment tones of earthy spice flavours and leave a soft, rich and velvety finish.
The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on their skins in an open fermenter with twice daily hand-plunging and pump over of the cap to gently extract colour, flavour and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermetation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels prior to eighteen months' maturation in our cellars.
In keeping with our non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine and as a result a pure deposit may form. Decanting is recommended.
The Barossa is home to some of the world's oldest ungrafted Grenache vines and the grapes for this wine are from Wayne Ahrens' single vineyard in the renowned Vine Vale sub-region where his family has grown grapes for five generations. The low-yielding 'Centenarian' vines were planted more than a century ago around the time construction of The Château itself began.
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015
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