Colour: Jet black core with a crimson rim.
Aroma: Concentrated aromas of dark fruits, blackcurrant, blackberry, boysenberry and subtle violet floral notes with delicate oregano, black pepper spices.Palate: Rich core of red plum, blackcurrant, blueberry and savoury notes. Fine grain tannins build encasing the fruit core. Beautiful slatey acid provides drive and freshness. A perfect accompaniment to a Brasco’s pizza or slow cooked Osso Bucco. The 2019 growing season was a challenging one from the start with a very dry winter and spring with frost events in September disrupting budburst. Windy conditions affected flowering and further frost episodes and hail in November caused further challenges. Very hot and dry conditions during summer and lack of rain resulted in small berries and low bunch weights resulting in the lowest yields in recent decades. The resultant wines have great colour, intense flavours and firm tannins. Both the Montepulciano and Durif are sourced from vines planted in the Koonunga Hill sub region of the Barossa Valley.
The Montepulciano was planted in 2009 and the Durif in 2005. The fruit was handpicked and destemmed to an open fermenter where the fruit was cold soaked for 2 days. The fruit underwent natural fermentation with twice daily pumpovers once fermentation had commenced. At the completion of fermentation, the wine spent 12 days on skins before being pressed to 3rd fill French oak hogsheads for 16 months. Varietal composition: Montepulciano 90% Durif 10%
Region (GI) : Barossa Valley
Viticulturist: Paul Georgiadis
Winemaker : Jason Barrette
Alcohol: 14.5% alc/vol
Residual Sugar: 0.5g/L
Bottled 12 October 2020