A lush, concentrated, sweet ripe palate layered with great texture and fruit flavours; intense and complex. Excellent depth and structure, fine-grained tannins and a very long finish.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010, Nick Stock (Australia, New Zealand), 01 Dec 09 93 Points "A blend of 81% merlot and 19% cabernet, this has a stylish claret-like nose of ripe red fruits, gentle perfume and cherry cola, cedary oak and subtle background meaty notes. The palate sports confidence and direction; tannins are fine yet stretch right through the finish, gently gripping. This has a bright future."
Winery Tasting Notes
Vivid crimson in colour.
Sweet, perfumed aromas of violets, mulberries, blueberries and cassis with hints of sage oil, vanilla bean and cedar.
A sweet, lush, fleshy, textured palate with layers of fine-grained, velvety tannins, balanced acidity and great length.
Vintage Description The 2007 vintage, surprisingly, resulted in excellent quality wines and average yields being obtained from the Adelaide Hills. The highly publicised drought of 2006 had been reported as the worst ever. Our Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills received only half its annual rainfall and was one of our driest seasons. Despite an early winter break, rainfall during winter and spring was the worst for years in the lead-up to flowering. There was no spring frost damage at Lenswood due to the steep terrain, but a lack of subsoil moisture due to the drought, which helped control yields. Brief heat waves occurred during January; otherwise it was mild and dry. At the end of January a tropical air mass connected with a cold front to bring good rains to the agricultural areas of South Australia, with flooding up north. The rainfall fell steadily over four days, coinciding with veraison, which freshened up the vine canopy to assist with ripening the fruit for harvest. February was recorded as the hottest for 100 years, bringing the harvest forward. The vintage began three to four weeks early, one of the earliest on record, remaining dry and mild allowing for good maturity. The whites were picked by March 20 and the reds by April 18, a record early finish. In summary, a warmer and drier Eden Valleylike vintage with good average yields and excellent quality.