Tasting Notes

95% shiraz (Best old clone 1866 planting/BVRC 15) and 5% viognier co-fermented, 95% whole berries, 5% whole bunches, open wild ferment, matured for 11 months in French oak (25% new). Deep crimson-purple; a worthy successor to the ?14 (Wine of the Year Wine Companion ?16); very complex, deep and powerful, seemingly reflecting its clonal heritage ex Best's more (unless it's vine maturity) Spice and pepper are threaded through the red/black cherry and plum fruit; fine tannins and entirely integrated and balanced oak complete a story that has to be personally experienced. Remember all this achieved at 13% alcohol.