Planted in 1995, this single block produces around 130 dozen per vintage. A must-try within the vaunted stable of these Victorian masters.
Hand-picked, wild-fermented with 25% whole bunches, hand-plunged, matured for 9 months in French oak (60% new). Clear crimson; An altogether more savoury bouquet and palate, the oak and whole bunch coming through the red berry/pomegranate fruit, the palate mouthfilling and complete. Made by Scott Ireland.
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
Power of fruit and power of oak with both the tannin and spice to match. It’s not burly but it’s certainly sizeable. Will mature well and for now that’s the message; it needs a stint in a cool, dark place.
93 points, The Wine Front (July 2020)
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.