Quite a different wine to Original, and it must be said, a decent step up. Where Original is deep and powerful, Block 5 is more red-fruited and energetic. Fruit here is more elevated and high-toned with a real liveliness to it. It seems more ‘wild’, showing strawberry, raspberry and a cranberry bite. Dried stalk and dried pine needle sit nicely in the background along with a dusting of earth and spice. It’s very aromatic and holds a lot of prettiness on the nose and palate which successfully masks it powerful foundations. – Ches Cook, FWC.
A small proportion of whole bunches (5%) are included in the vats with the majority of the fruit being de-stemmed but not crushed. A small amount of sulphur is added on the first day and the ambient yeast takes about four days to begin the fermentation. This wine will spend15 months in French barrels, of which 30% are new, and bottling will take place late May. The 2019 Block 5 is typical of this vineyard, established in 1992, showing layers of earth, spice, red and dark berries with a flamboyance and depth that puts it up with the very best Block 5 wines produced since 1996. The palate is fresh and supple, intense, vibrant, chewy, rich, perfumed, complex and satisfying. The dialed up intensity and power all containedwithin the harmonious framework tells of a wine that will reward 15 plus years of cellaring but, satisfyingly, will drink beautifully at any stage of its life. Sadly, production was 30% down in 2019 and 50% down in 2020. Michael Dhillon, Winemaker.