The 2018 growing season had a reasonable start with adequate rainfall through winter and early spring. Healthy canopies were established across all sites and the dry and warm conditions of late January and February kept weeds and disease pressures to a low. February proved to be a very warm month which stalled ripening and it wasn’t until the relief of a mild March that the outlook for a great harvest looked imminent.
The late Indian summer enhanced the quality of late picked varieties such as Mataro, Grenache, Montepulciano and Cabernet. 2018 came off the back of two big vintages so it was no surprise this harvest was likely to be down on average with most crops down by 20-25%. The wines produced were very balanced, had ripe phenolics and display vibrant mid palate weight, a spectacular vintage for good structure and elegance.
70% Grenache, 30% Mataro with each variety vinified separately. This process is to ensure each wine component is picked, vinified and matured using techniques tailored to the specific grape variety. The two varieties are from our Stone Well vineyard. The fruit was fully destemmed and crushed to open top fermenters. The cap was managed by twice daily pump-overs and hand plunging for the Mataro. The wine sees 12 months in large format old oak.