The Vintage: Cool and dry conditions in spring, leading to very low crops (1.5 t/Ha). The Winemaking: Fruit was hand picked and berry sorted to ensure that only the best fruit and berries made it to the fermentation vessel. No acid additions were made and fermentation was started immediately. Maceration was carried out, with two weeks post ferment maceration. The wine was matured in new and used barrels for 10 months before bottling. The Wine: Dark and inky in the glass, which leads to a lifted aromatic nose of cassis and cigar box cedar. Gentle oak support allows the fully ripe dark fruit to shine on the palate, which is rich and dense and powerful. There is great persistence of flavour, complexity and ample fine tannins for structure. The wine – although medium bodied, has depth, power and gentleness. The finish is long and persistent. Drink With: Aged hard cheese.