The wine was released after two years of careful oak maturation, which requires the utilising of new and up to 4 year old casks, and then 3 months to settle after bottling. This is unusual today, as many wineries mature their reds for only one year before release. Helm Wines decided, like the Bordeaux premium makers, to mature the wine for the customer before release. An expensive exercise for the winery, but the resultant wine is worth it.
- NSW - Canberra District
- New South Wales
Deep purple-crimson; a strongly earthy, briary, cedary bouquet and palate, the wine not bottled until Nov ’10, and then needing time to unwind. Should have a bright future.
Rating 89 - Drink till 2020 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (Jan/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
A well-balanced and elegant wine with the richness of berry fruits and butterscotch flavours deriving from two years maturation in oak casks and minimal winemaking techniques.
Fine tannins provide another dimension to the wine, which can be enjoyed now or over the next 20 years.
Enjoy with roasted beef or lamb, duck or mushroom based dishes. Good with mild or moderate flavoured cheeses.