The 2015 season was very cool and quite long. Grapes ripened slowly, building up flavour with modest sugar levels. In fact the season was the coolest vintage on record. A moderate crop on 16 year old vines from the Waterton Hall vineyard in the unique Rowella area on the western side of the Tamar Valley produced pristine grapes with high natural acidity, intense fruit spice characters, ripe tannins and dense colour. Hand picked fruit was gently de-stemmed into a 600 LT terracotta Amphora and underwent natural fermentation and malolactic on skins. Once all fermentation activity had subsided the Amphora was sealed up until the 6th November, a total of 120 days on skins. The wine was basket pressed off to a 500 LT old Puncheon and allowed to integrate and mature for a further 12 months. The wine was then racked to tank for settling. Bottling took place on the 29th November 2016 without fining or filtration.
Colour: Bright deep red with crimson hue
Nose: Intense berry fruits with fragrant black pepper and dark spice.
Palate: Red and dark berry fruits, with complexing charcturie characters. Fine long mouth coating tannins interplay with bright acidity giving the wine tension and life.
Regions: Tamar Valley
Volume made: 51 dozen
95 Points The WineFront (Campbell Mattinson)
“White pepper, wild herbs, sweet red berries, plenty of acidity. Hints of liquorice in among the raspberry, cherry and all that spice. A beguiling wine. Pure Tassie Shiraz in the best sense of the word. High on spice”