100% Shiraz sourced exclusively and blended from several blocks in the family vineyards, surround by Eucalyptus trees, in Padthaway. The vines are on average 13 years old, and grow in sandy loam over limestone on the hillside and in red loamy soil over limestone on the flat. The wine is barrel fermented and matured in oak hogsheads and barriques.
The 2006 has a vibrant deep red color, tinged with purple. The nose displays a lively assortment of mulberries, boysenberries and plums with layers of dark chocolate, toasty oak and typical Padthaway menthol. The flavors on the palate are fleshy and mouth filling with conserve-like ripe berry fruit. A minerally tone on the mid palate is complemented by soft, velvety tannins. This wine is robust and has great depth, yet elegant and completely balanced. It is well structured all the way to the luscious, creamy finish.
Australian Wine CompanionA suggestion of mint complements the ample levels of black fruit; medium-bodied and quite plush on the finish.
Wine SpectatorBig, smooth and round, with a distinct minty note capping a mountain of ripe blackberry, prune and charred oak flavors that mingle on the forceful finish. Drink now through 2016. 10,000 cases made.