Despite well below average rainfall and warm conditions during the growing season, the vines remained in healthy balance with increased bunch numbers. Heavy rainfall in late January followed by ongoing mild days and cool nights allowed ideal ripening conditions. The fruit then matured with an early harvest. The resultant 2016 wines are outstanding and feature lifted pure red fruit characteristics, savoury tannins, great depth of flavour and sheer colour intensity.
The wine is vibrant purple in the glass, with hints of cut plum, dried spice and dark chocolate. It has great mid-palate freshness with flavours of blackcurrant and mocha. Finely tuned tannins provide structure and length.