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.
On release the wine is a vibrant carmine colour. 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. 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.
Wine is a natural health food