One of the oldest field blends in the world of Grenache, Mourvedre and Malbec planted in 1858. This small block in Springton in the Eden Valley is home to classified ‘Ancestor’ vines, dry grown as bush vines on their original rootstock.
The block yields just over 1 ton of grapes in the best of vintages, which are hand-picked into small picking baskets to optimize fruit health.
Lovely floral and spicy complexities, with hints of fruits of the forest, pepper and ginger snap. The palate displays the full range of dark berries, Mediterranean herbs, and savoury pan jus elements. It is tight and compact, intense and deep, firm and taut, with nicely measured grip and tremendous length. A powerhouse of a wine, but also one possessed of great elegance.
98 Points – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit): “…Immensely complex and majestic…”
97 Points – Nick Butler (Huon Hooke’s The Real Review): “…Built to live decades. An excellent wine.”
97 Points – Andrew Caillard MW: “…Well concentrated and vigorous with dense red cherry, raspberry, strawberry fruit flavours, roasted walnut, espresso, notes and persistent fine chalky tannins….”
96 Points – James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion 2021): “…It’s only medium-bodied, but its balance should ensure a long future…”