Margaret River began the growing season with a rain filled soil profile and full catchments. Late spring was cool and windy with damaging north westerlies wreaking havoc on early varieties. The effect on flowering and set in Chardonnay and Shiraz reduced yields notably. Beyond this blustery start, the vintage was uniformly warm to hot with a week of annoyingly intermittent rains in early April to keep us on our toes.
Yields were average and thanks to the favourable summer, the wines produced from the 2014 vintage are full of bold and ripe varietal fruit flavours, bright acidity and supple tannins.
Vinification occurred in closed stainless steel fermenters with twice daily aerative pumpovers to extract fine fruit tannin and enhance varietal flavour. Parcels were pressed at dryness to capture fruit vibrancy and silky tannins. The resultant wine was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques. The wine had egg white fining and light filtration before bottling.
The colour is a deep inviting crimson with brick red edges. Intense plum and blackberry fruit aromas fuse with hints of violets, black liquorice, and savoury herbs and spices. The palate is a symphony of plush fruits, dark chocolate and cedary, vanilla spice notes rounded out by elegant soft silky tannins. A medium bodied, elegant wine to be enjoyed for the next 10 years.
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