Maturation: Matured for 17 months in 53% new Yalumba coopered French oak barriques, 23% one year old French oak barriques, balance in 2 year old French oak barriques.
Vintage Conditions: A mid January heatwave caused some initial concerns, however with the return to the usual Summer conditions by the end of January, this early heat only served to bring forward the ripening process. While February conditions remained warm and dry, regular rain events in March tested the patience of the viticulturists, grape growers and winemakers. April saw a return to Autumn with warm days and cool nights. Vintage 2006, despite the early heat and mid vintage rains, has produced wonderfully aromatic wines with rich textures and full palates.
Tasting Notes: This wine is deep, dark purple-red in colour with a black cherry and dark chocmint mix nose displaying distinct aromas of coffee, mocha, plum and spice. The palate is complex and intense, yet showing subtlety, elegance and fineness. Serve with barbecue spare ribs.