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Nose - Berry fruits and raspberry conserve combine with the fine brandy spirit characters, threaded with hints of rich fruit cake and spice.
Palate - The generous palate offers a tremendous concentration of ripe fruits of the forest, layered with rum-raisin chocolate and spice. These lush sweet fruit characters are well integrated with the oak matured fortifying spirit and approachable tannins, giving the wine structure, complexity and length.
Cellaring Potential - Enjoy while vibrant and youthful, or be rewarded for many years to come with careful cellaring.
Vintage Conditions - The 2010 vintage began in mid-February after decent winter rainfall which was followed by a warm, dry growing season with very good flowering and fruit set. Yields were generally above average for most varieties (whites in particular). A brief hot period at the end of February provided some logistical challenges with a frantic pace of harvesting required in order to pick the whites varieties in a timely fashion. This ensured the wines retained fragrant, juicy characters with deliciously crunchy natural acidity. The weather cooled in March allowing the reds to attain full physiological maturity and tannin ripeness, and have produced wines which are brimming with varietal expression. In summary; 2010 was another excellent season, continuing the dream run of vintages we have had in Margaret River over the last several years.
The grapes for this wine were sourced from one of our own Shiraz blocks on the Xanadu Estate. The fruit was harvested late in the season resulting in tremendously ripe and concentrated flavours..
Winemaking - The fruit was crushed, destemmed and fermented in a rotary fermenter with regular turning over to extract colour and tannin. Fortification, on skins, with 6 year old wood aged brandy spirit was done at precisely the right time to arrest the fermentation and capture the perfect balance of alcohol and sweetness. Pressing occurred soon after fortification, and this was followed by 12 month maturation in older 225 litre barriques, integrating the fruit and the spirit before bottling.