Dark fruits and spice provide instant appeal, while soft blueberry fruit and silky tannins open the palate, with a great combination of freshness and concentration.
Gold Medal, NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal, Canberra & Region Wine Show 2018
Our goal is to find the varieties that best suit our site, because we believe that when the right combinations are found, the wines gain an extra level of quality and character. Tempranillo and Shiraz are clearly the leading red varieties for our vineyard and climate, based on our experience so far. After a difficult start, Graciano has become a very rewarding variety, and is very distinctive as a varietal wine. First made from the 2008 vintage, the Tempranillo Shiraz Graciano blend is an example of good components coming together to make an even better whole. The 2017 TSG is 34% Tempranillo, 33% Shiraz and 25% Graciano and 8% Touriga. By blending, we take the spotlight off the variety, and put it back on the vineyard where it belongs.
The 2016-2017 growing season started with a wet winter and cool spring, resulting in later growth but strong canopies from all the moisture. The summer was particularly hot, with consistently high temperatures from late December to late February, but then switched into a perfect, mild autumn with sunny days, cool nights and little rain. Crops were larger than expected, accordingly taking longer to ripen, but having perfect conditions to do it in. In contrast to some recent years, ripening of different varieties was well spread apart, so that vintage was measured and controlled (leisurely would be going too far!). There are bright fresh flavours in the earlier varieties, with increasing depth, colour and detail in those ripening later.
Hand picked between 22 March and 24 April 2017, and fermented separately in open vats with hand plunging. Matured in French oak (approx 10% new), blended unfined and lightly filtered, and bottled under screwcap January 2018; 585 dozen made. Alcohol 13.5% by volume. Vegan friendly?: Yes.
Drink now to 2032.
First made in 2008, the TSG (Tempranillo, Shiraz, Graciano) is a consistent high performer and is starting to show its ageing potential. Wines were tasted from the winery museum. If your cellaring conditions are less than ideal, consider reducing the expected life of the wine. Tasted May 2018.
|Vintage||Tasting Notes||Drink Until||Rating|
|2015||Deep purple red colour. Dark purple and black fruits, very primary. Some smoke and graphite with hints of game. Intense and concentrated on the palate with sweet red berries, currants, chocolate and meaty bay leaf. The palate is balanced, soft and flowing. In a similar vein to the '09, a long life ahead.||2033||Outstanding|
|2014||Medium ruby-red. Pretty red berry fruit with spice and charry oak. Pepper and fennel, tomato leaf, red berries and cola complexity. Slightly astringent sandy tannins just ahead of the fruit.||2026||Very good|
|2013||Deep dark red. Gamy, rich and dark, with ripe black fruits, cola, beef stock and graphite. Dark chocolate, roast meats and rosemary complexity, but still primary. Has a nice acid line to balance the ripeness, and fine suede tannins.||2025||Excellent|
|2012||Medium ruby-red. Red liquorice and red berry fruits with cola, menthol, herbs, pepper and game, complex and attractive. Lighter on the palate and with firm sandy tannins but held together nicely.||2025||Very good|
|2011||Medium red. Very aromatic with chinotto, spice, leather and pepper, herbaceousness and florals. Fine and elegant with cleansing acidity and tannin, but overall softness and balance.||2023||Very good|
|2010||Medium red with garnet. Lifted woodspice, cigar box, pepper and red berry/pomegranate fruit, with fruit and spice in lovely balance. Fine and delicious with good fruit and some graciano character showing through. Pretty, lifted and fine, aged character developing with more to come.||2023||Excellent|
|2009||Dense dark red. Sweet and dark smelling with well-integrated oak and dark fruits. Opens to smoky game, graphite, black cherry and blueberry, violet florals and some undergrowthy complexity. Ripe, round and solid structure with fine sandy tannins. Some great complexity from age but more to come.||2028||Outstanding|
|2008||Red/garnet edges. Intense nose of lifted woodspice, earth, leather, game, potpourri, quite Rioja-like. Ripe fruit with richness, tempranillo character to the fore. Elegant soft and fine palate with fine sandy tannins. Fully mature and delicious now.||2021||Excellent|