Our aged release program started back in 2006 when we set aside a few cases of our key varieties, Riesling & Pinot Noir, with the intention of releasing them in 2016, 10 years later. Stock has been set aside every vintage since with a release date of around August each year. The inspiration for this came from the desire to offer our customers the opportunity to taste these wines in full maturity, something that is relatively rare these days. We consider this to be a particularly satisfying time to experience these wines with the added complexities of bottle age, while still offering years of good drinking ahead.
Budburst was early because the weather over that period was one of the warmest ever recorded. Late spring and early summer however, were unseasonably cool and cloudy, sufficiently slowing the development of the grapes to cause us concern. The skies then cleared and we had three to four months of unbroken sunshine. This enabled us to leave the fruit on the vine to attain excellent maturity and ripeness.
The wine has a deep carmine colour with hints of brown towards the edges. The bouquet and flavours evoke impression of black cherries, purple plums, blackberries and raspberries. Beneath these is a savoury underlay of black olives, liquorice, grilled mushrooms and proscuitto. The extended maturation time in the bottle has accentuated these tertiary notes, as well as softening the wine’s overall structure. There remains a dense core of ripe fruit, however this is coated with fine-grained, velvety tannins, delivering a wine that is robust, yet refined.
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