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Hand-picked fruit was destemmed into an open fermenter and allowed to cold soak for 7 days at which point natural fermentation was obvious. The ferment was allowed to warm up, rising to a peak of 30C near the end of fermentation, prior to a 10 day soak on skins post fermentation. The wine was pressed to French oak barriques (40% new) for maturation and natural malolactic fermentation. In January 2016, the wine was racked to 4 year old French oak for a further 4 months maturation. The wine was transferred out of oak in late May 2016 for settling before bottling unfined and unfiltered in July 2016.
The nose is dense and intriguing, with layered black and blue berry fruits, toasted spice, cola and an ethereal floral lift. The palate is velvety and plush up front, brimming with wild berry fruits, currants, lightly roasted coffee beans and just a hint of sweet baking spice. A streak of fi ne acidity brightens the mid palate, blending seamlessly with a veil of powdery fi ne tannins to lift the palate towards a satisfyingly elegant finish.