||At release, the wine has a developing brick red colour with a deep crimson heart.
||The wine has complex aromas of plum fruit, violets and spice with creamy vanillin from maturation in American oak.
||This is an elegant full wine with rich texture. Fruit flavours of purple berries are complimented by subtle spice and faint cedar which bring pleasurable warmth to the palate. The finish is long and persistent.
||Winemakers have described 2004 as one of the great red vintages in the Clare Valley. Seasonal influences were more dramatic than usual. From early October through to the end of vintage, Clare experienced less than half the long-term rainfall for that period. November was warmer than average, December the hottest for some time and then January was one of the coolest on record. At the beginning of February a heatwave descended upon the region and for sixteen days the average maximum temperature was 37.9?C. Vintage commenced early, although ripening slowed when the temperatures returned to more normal levels and it ended up being a long, drawn-out vintage. The Shiraz was one of the highlights with the wines exhibiting generosity of flavour with ripe tannin structure, good varietal character and excellent colour.
||The wine was matured in a selection of water-bent prestige American oak barrels for a period of 14 months prior to bottling.
||Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.