“Working in the Rhone and seeing the power of the fruit in Heathcote, I saw more power, pound for pound, than Hermitage and Cote Rotie. I wondered if the fruit quality, not terroir, not vine age, but weight and power, could stand up to 100% new oak and then not make that a feature”. The heads out three brand new 500L puncheons were removed, then the fruit went in 100% whole bunch, spent about 35 days in barrel, was taken out and foot stomped, then pressed and sent back to one new puncheon. Then left for three years. Released with two years bottle age. The vineyard is Greenstone Vineyard from Heathcote. It’s shiraz.
Meaty, smoky, leather, dense perfume of black hole depth in dark fruits, sweet spice, dried fruits, but still holds interest and freshness. Washy across the palate, big mouthful of staining dark fruit, cedary fringes, huge web of graphite-tinged tannins. Old school feel with inky intensity and firm strike of sinewy, dense fruit and bold, oak and tannin. All meshed well with impressive architecture. Layers and dimensions. Impressive.
Mike Bennie, Wine Front