This synergistic duo seamlessly combines the elegance, power and structure only achievable in a blended wine. Lifted aromas of blackberry, blueberry and black pepper supported by spicy, dark berry fruits on the palate with a long elegant finish.
All of the grapes were fermented separately at the winery in small 3 tonne fermenters. The grapes were destalked (separating berries from the bunch) and placed uncrushed into small stainless steel open fermenters. A cultured yeast was used to start the fermentation and the tanks were hand plunged spending 7 days on skins at 28° C.
Further maturation in a mixture of AP John French and American oak for 18 months has resulted in a wine of great structure and finesse.
For this limited release wine we selected Cabernet Sauvignon (73%) from the Altona and Bethany sub-regions and Malbec (27%) from the Nuriootpa and vine vale sub-regions with the parcels matured for eighteen months in seasoned A.P. John barrels.
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014