Barossa Valley, Australia
Grapes were hand-harvested from a single vineyard, planted by Rolf Binder and his late father in 1975, over a five week period to guarantee optimum ripeness. Crushed into open-topped fermenters, pumping-over was employed for the first few days of the ferment prior to finishing in tank. Aged for a year in a mix of French and American new and seasoned oak, the wine is then evaluated and only the best kept for a second year for this wine. Shows plenty of intense, ripe black fruits, mocha, red plum, mulberry and kirsch notes with a background of spice and elegant oak. As the wine opens up, the balance of fruit and oak is superb with vibrant tannins, dried currant and exotic truffles mixed with elements of minerals and ironstone.