Restrained and supple, with depths of ripe dark plum, pepper and spice notes from Shiraz, lifted by the rose petal aromas and red cherry flavours of Grenache. Lovely light, bright finish.
The vineyard is situated in the McLaren Vale, which is the truly Hancock "Home" vineyard. The vines are old, some of them are more than 80 year old, and they are planted on South East facing slopes, protected from strong winds and facing the gentle moving sun. There are three distinct soil types at the top middle and bottom sections of the hillside, so we find different characteristics from each of the vineyard sections giving added complexity and interest to the wine we make.
Harvested fully ripe, individual varietal parcels were processed separately, crushed to a combination of open and closed fermenters, with regular pump-overs and plunging during fermentation. Pressed to stainless steel tanks where the wine underwent its secondary malolactic fermentation then rolled down to a mixture of barrique, hogshead and large format French oak. Blending was completed on the bench, working with individual components to create the final blend.
Restrained and supple, lots of ripe dark plum, pepper and spice of Shiraz with the rose petal perfume and red cherry flavours of Grenache. Lovely lightness and brightness to the back palate makes it terrific immediate drinking wine but it will cellar nicely for 5-10 years.