Vineyard information Within the vibrant cool climate region of Adelaide Hills is Mt. Lofty, where this vineyard sits at 500m above sea level. This cool climate vineyard has variable soil depth due to the sites unique topography, ranging from steep slopes to undulating hills, resulting in shallow stony soils to the top of hills and deep peat-like clays at the bottom of hills. Cool, eastern exposure allows for extended hang time, which imbues the grapes with greater complexity and character.
2016 Growing Season Despite the threat from nearby bushfires, smoke taint was avoided and the vintage was celebrated as one of the regions best in 10 years. We had beautiful consistent warm days throughout the growing season coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings, ensuring slow and steady ripeness. For one of the driest growing seasons on record, we produced a low yielding crop with high natural acid, developed flavours and wine colour.
Winemaker Comments Just on the fog line at 500m this is an incredibly beautiful, cool climate vineyard that produces trademark south Australian, Mt. Lofty characteristics. Black cherry, mulberry, dried herbs and forest floor undertones are matched with Mulberry dark cherry and briary black fruit flavours coupled with hints of spice. The wine has great acid & fruit balance accompanied with firm tannins, making it the perfect steak wine. – Greg Bennett.
Varietal composition: 100% Montepulciano
Harvest dates 24th March 2016
Cooperage 18 months, 100% New French oak
Bottling date. 26th April 2018
Release date. August 2019
Alc: 13.5% | ph: 3.35 | ta: 6.2 g/L
Cases produced (6pk): 380