A combination of whole bunches and de-stemmed, crushed fruit is transferred to large concrete tanks for fermentation. Basket pressed to French oak (up to 40% new) for ageing. The winemaker believes the '18 sits at the very top of recent Warner shiraz releases. It's certainly a beauty, and hard to resist broaching now, such is its complexity and integration. A confident, gently expressive young shiraz. Middle Eastern spices, tilled earth, bay leaf, Damson plum, light herbals, dark brooding berries. Warm and inviting, there's a lick of savouriness on the palate that lifts and catches the tastebuds' attention. That's when the fun starts. This wine takes you places. Close your eyes ... Drink to 2036. 96 Points. Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion.
An incredible nose of exotic spices, dark fruits and blackberry, underpinned by alluring minerality. The palate is rich and lush reminiscent of dark chocolate. This wine offers the full spectrum of complex red and dark berry fruits and finishes on intense notes of graphite and slate. Very fine tannins linger and help to reinforce the graphite minerality. A wonderful return to form from the Warner Vineyard, almost too complex to describe at this stage. We look forward to observing its evolution in barrel over the next year. [En-Primeur barrel tasting notes]