The earliest vintage I’ve ever seen in Heathcote with all fruit being picked in February. The vine cuttings were taken from the famous Wendouree Mataro block in the Clare Valley and planted in the Greenstone vineyard located 45km north of Heathcote. Making this wine was all about laissez faire winemaking; I wanted to capture the purity of Mourvèdre fruit without the dense, rich structure that it is famous for.
This close-planted Mourvèdre vineyard (4545 vines per Hectare) on rich pre-Cambrian soil produced fruit of amazing complexity and length of flavour. Bright dark raspberry red in colour the perfumed nose of ripe berry fruits; think wild blueberries, raspberries and layered with dried herbs, amaro and ginger, savoury turned earth spice, lifted whole bunch (60%) and a meaty small goods character. Rich powerful entry and long mid palate make way for velvet like fine tannins; palate is long, expansive and balanced.