Colour: Dark plum reds with purple red tinges.
Nose: A rich & complex expression of ripe fruit & oak matured tones. Dusty mulberry & ripe plum with subtle black olive fruits are
enticingly infused with sweet vanilla bean, smoky & roasted
mocha oak matured aromas.
Palate: Seams of complexity a feature of the palate, rich fruit and cedar oak tones are smoothly combined in this generous & appealing palate structure. Ripe
dark berries, hints of dusty mulberry and spicy plums with subtle vanilla, mocha and chocolate from the long oak maturation period. Fine dusty, softly
assertive lingering tannins complete the long flavours.
The 2003 Coonawarra was similar to the 2002 vintage, climatically, the season was just below average temperatures and generally dry, yields were again disappointingly low and quality was very good.
The combination of very low yields, small berries and a long mild and dry ripening period has produced wines rich in varietal fruit flavours with fine soft tannins.
Maturated for over 3 years in predominantly small oak 225 litre barriques of which approx 60% were new French oak and 25% were new American oak barrels.
Food Pairing Notes
Suggested food accompaniments are red meats, game birds, veal and pork with reductions.
Suggested cellaring is medium to long (10 to 20 years).