||At release, the wine has a developing brick red colour with a deep crimson heart.
||The wine has a brooding, savoury complex yet thoroughly enticing aroma. Mouth-watering wafts of chocolate, mocha, toffee and cream intertwine with plum, aniseed and rich berry fruit.
||The palate is a mouthful of round completeness. The fruit flavours and oak weight are in absolute balance bringing harmony and grace to the palate from start to finish. This is a generous yet elegant wine that showcases Clare Valley Shiraz at its best.
||The overall conditions during the growing season leading up to the 2006 vintage were very favourable. There were good winter and spring rains with the yearly total slightly above average. Conditions from September through December were close to average except that October was wetter than usual. January was considerably hotter than the previous year due to a heatwave which occurred just after the middle of the month, but, given the very mild lead up to January, the vines were in excellent condition and held up well. The weather in February is always critical to the overall outcome of vintage and temperatures consistently in the upper-twenties provided ideal conditions for ripening. March was warm and although there was significant rain late in the month it had little or no effect on the fruit that was still to be picked. Consistency is one of the hallmarks of the Clare Valley and 2006 has seen another vintage in which the unique geography and favourable climate have allowed the production of high quality fruit. The St Andrews vineyard, from which the fruit was sourced, delivered an average yield of not more than two and a quarter tonnes per acre. The fruit showed exceptional potential even at an early stage of fruit set.
||A percentage of the wine was barrel fermented and the final blend was matured in a mixture of fine-grained French and water-bent American oak barrels for 12 months prior to filtering and bottling.
||Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a long term under ideal conditions.