Medium dark purple in the glass; the nose is an alluring mix of mulberry, anice, cedar, spice and tobacco. The palate is ripe and full of an array of exotic dark fruits and spices and fantastic palate length and structure æFantastic drinking now but 6-8 years in the cellar will enhance this already beautiful wine.æ
The vineyard is located approximately 20km east of Bendigo in the Campaspe River Valley nestled between Mount Camel in the East and Mount Sugarloaf in the West. The well-drained ancient calcareous soils are shallow and of low fertility. The region has a Mediterranean climate.
The long growing season, with warm summer days and crisp autumn nights, enhances the growth of well-balanced wine gapes with intense flavour, full ripeness and balanced acidity. The low soil fertility and meagre rainfall ensures low vigour, an open and disease-resistant canopy, and a preciously small yield of one ton to the acre (2.5T/Ha). The vines are pruned late in winter to delay spring growth. This reduces the risk of frost damage and prolongs ripening into the cooler autumn months, further enhancing flavour.