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SERVING TEMPERATURE | 16 - 18°
CELLAR POTENTIAL | Up to 10 - 15 years
This wine is made in the renowned Barossa style - rich and generous with great depth of flavour. The nose is a complex medley of spicy dark fruits and fruit cake; American and French oak adds notes of vanilla and cedar. The full-bodied palate has intense flavours of plums and raisins balanced by natural acidity and robust, integrated tannin.
If you are looking for perfection, Barossa vintage 2012 is about as close as you will get. Good winter rains, overall moderate temperatures, refreshing rain at just the right time and a long, dry autumn with cool nights and mild days all contributed to an outstanding harvest.
Yields were below average, which did no harm to fruit quality and flavour concentration. Our Shiraz fruit was exceptional – deep in colour with great intensity of flavour and balancing natural acidity.
The fruit was picked at optimum ripeness in early-March and fermented in small overhead fermenters. Our barrels were made by Barossa cooper AP John from predominantly American oak, with a small portion of French oak for the parcel from the cooler, more elevated vineyards.
We chose American hogsheads for their sweet and luscious characters that complement the bold Barossa Shiraz wine style. The French oak adds aromatics and finesse. The wine was matured in barrel for two years and then aged in bottle in our cellars for several years before release. It will continue to develop for many years.
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Australia’s oldest and best known wine region, the Barossa Valley is a warm climate region famous for bold Shiraz wines.
It has some of the world’s oldest vines and a deep and enduring winemaking heritage. Summers are typically warm and dry and most rainfall occurs in winter and spring.
10 years ago we challenged ourselves to explore Australia’s best terroir.
With the Handpicked Numbered Series we have reinvented the iconic Australian blended wine. Each wine in this series is unique, made in tiny quantities from special parcels of fruit and only made in exceptional vintages.
All great wine begins in a great vineyard. We select only the best fruit from outstanding vineyards that have a track record of producing exceptional fruit year after year.
Each label in the Numbered Series tells a story of craftmanship and origin through contour lines inspired by the landscape.