Early temperatures in October and November were well above average…enhancing rapid development. Mild dry ripening conditions later combined with low yields led to good varietal expression in Shiraz. The tendency for high alcohol was managed carefully. Barossa harvest was over a month early beginning 10th February.
Maturation: Open fermentation with daily plunging or rack & return. Maturation was 20 months in 60% French oak barrels , 40% American oak