It is the smallest volume made in the history of this wine. Just one 500L puncheon.
The yields were reduced through the need to pick with extreme care.
2021 was the first of the La Nina seasons and the wet conditions had taken their toll. We hung on, waiting to pick until we achieved full ripeness, but each day was a battle.
The sugars and flavours accumulated slowly and the botrytis pressure was building, the destructive enemy seeking an entry to attack the sugars through the softening Shiraz skins.
Come picking day, every bunch was carefully inspected and only pure, clean fruit made it into the picking bins. A distressing number of bunches ended up on the ground, hence, less than 20% of our usual production from this cherished block this year.
The wine itself is amazing. Soaring spices, bright and pure, with the aromatic opulence I want to call 'deep redness’ that always puts me in mind of roses.
Two bottles maximum per customer.