This is the famous red grape variety of Rioja in Spain. In recent years Australian winemakers have started to explore its potential and some great results are being achieved. The variety is typically bursting with fruit flavour but behind this is a savoury core which matches the wine well with food.
Is medium-full bodied with intense sweet fruit combining with the black olive and spice characters typical of this variety. The wine is noticeably savoury with fine grainy tannin and a ripe cherry aftertaste.
deep red - noticeably dark for the variety
The wine displays intense black jube, dark fruit, spice and black olive characters with hints of earth, tar and rhubarb
WINEMAKING & VITICULTURE
The grapes are grown at the southern end of Margaret River. The grapes are crushed into small open fermenters and fermented on skins for 10 days before pressing. After a short period of settling in tank the wine is transferred to French oak barrels with 25% being new and the balance 2-3 years old. The wine is then matured in that oak for a period of 12 months.