A dense dark wine, it displays deep, dark fruit aromas with some earthiness. The savoury palate of pepper, spice and tobacco is complemented by plum pudding characters and hints of anise. Cinnamon spice characters and white pepper persist through to the finish. The wine is intense, powerful, complex and silky. The tannins are mouth filling and fine. The Vintage: A cooler start to the 2008 season followed by dry conditions at harvest resulted in low yields with small berries and bunches. The Winemaking: Fruit was hand-harvested and then gently de-stemmed and crushed and berry sorted. Maceration was gentle and lasted for about 3 weeks. The wine was aged in new and 1 year old oak for 8 months.