A five-day cold soak and seven-day fermentation, then 18 months in French oak (54% new); 266 dozen made. Bright, clear crimson-purple colour announces a typical cool-grown bouquet and palate with red and black cherry fruit, spice and pepper, deviating slightly (for the better) with ample tannins to sustain cellaring for a decade plus (to 2023). 94 points, Wine Companion.
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.