The fruit is taken from t hree different sub regions allows us to find the best attributes of each area. This wines final composition included parcels of fruit from both Bendigo and Alexandra, two of the warmest grape growing areas in Central Otago. This extra heat leads to riper fruit that in turn gives the wine a darker more intense fruit component. It also leads to a riper tannin profile giving the wine a finer textural element.
In the winery the idea is to allow those darker, finer attributes to shine through. This is achieved by allowing the wine to spend extended time on skins. This ensures the tannins and colour are drawn out of the skins and into the wine, resulting in this powerful and structured style. This is then paired with French oak barrels that offer the toasty element that frame this ripe fruit picture.
96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
"Gorgeously ripe and inviting, the bouquet shows dark plum, spiced cherry, thyme, vanilla and hazelnut characters with subtle gamey complexity. It's wonderfully weighted and richly textured with awesome power and persistency, while remaining harmonious and firmly structured by loads of fine tannins. At its best: 2022 to 2032.