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. 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.
The season was influenced by La Nina weather conditions, resulting in a very mild spring, a warm summer with high sunshine hours and a long, lingering autumn. In spite of being dry we had infrequent, but well spaced showers keeping the vines very happy. At picking the fruit was in beautiful condition and was physiologically ripe.
The wine is a deep crimson shot with hints of amber toward the edges. An array of bright red fruit aromas and flavours abound, suggesting dark cherries, raspberries, blackberries, mulberries and purple plums. These are supported by savoury nuances of barbecued meats, grilled mushrooms and black olive tapenade, becoming more pronounced with extended maturation time in the bottle. Although the entry is soft, this Prima Donna rapidly expands on the palate to become mouth filling and rich, while retaining a refined elegance with fine grained velvety tannins. The lingering aftertastes are enhanced by a spiciness, which enlivens the palate long after swallowing.
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