Vintage 2012 was mild and early, with even ripening and no climatic extremes. Sourced entirely from our Dead Morris vineyard, all fruit was handpicked and 100% of the blend received a long maceration on skins. Maturation was for 20 months in 50% new fine-grained French Oak, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2013 under procork.
Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is firm and full bodied, with fleshy cassis and blackberry fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. This wine showing the structure and completeness typical of “The Tally”. Made to cellar with confidence, decant before drinking.
|HARVESTED||28 March 2012|
|CELLARING||Optimum at 10-12 years after vintage|
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015: 96 points
“Grapes from the Dead Morris Vineyard were given extended maceration post- fermentation, then to high-quality French barrels (50% new) for 20 months maturation. Very well balanced and structured, the oak better integrated than in some years; cassis, blackberry, earth, licorice and cedar all swirl around the bouquet and palate, the tannins almost silky.” DRINK to 2052
The Winefront Monthly, Campbell Mattinson: 96 Points
“Hits up immediately with flavour. A luscious gravity. For all the fruit, there is tannin, a spread of it, a curling wave. Seductive and impressive at once. Rich with blackcurrant and dark chocolate. Outstanding”