A lifted nose of spiced red plums, raspberries and star anise combine with red liquorice, cloves and cinnamon stick. The medium bodied palate displays cranberry confection, sour cherries and dried flowers, and is driven by a lovely natural acidity. The structure is silky, yet defined by smooth tannins. This fruit driven Zinfandel is guaranteed to please as a young wine but will improve with careful cellaring over the years.
100% Hazel’s Vineyard. Our southernmost vineyard, which is more inland than our Burnside and Calgardup vineyards, combines cooling Southern Ocean influences with a northerly aspect and plenty of sunshine. The fruit is sourced from a small block at the western side of our property where the Lodi clone vines deliver small and intense bunches of fruit.
Grapes were harvested in the early hours of the morning and transferred by gravity in concrete vats without any crushing of the berries. Primary fermentation was completed by the indigenous yeast and the wine was gently pressed to old American and French hogsheads after 8 days for malo-lactic fermentation. After maturation for 16 months in our cellars the wine was bottled without any fining in September 2021 after a coarse filtration.
The 2021 season started out with a cooler, wet spring which resulted in a lower fruit set for some varieties such as Chardonnay. We experienced above average rainfalls in early spring, meaning extra effort was required in our organically grown vineyards to mitigate disease pressure. Spring rolled into summer with long warm and dry days, however a couple of rain events in February and March required extra effort from our committed vineyard team in terms of canopy management and fruit selection at harvest.