Lifted dark and intense blue and blackberry fruits dominate the bouquet with No overt jamminess and with some nuances of savoury black pepper and spice. Ripe and rich in flavour, the mixed fruits and spices are apparent and are framed in rich gentle but firm concentrated tannins and integrated French and Hungarian oak. The sandy red soils enriched with limestone contribute to the deep fruits and earthy notes, which add further richness and complexity to the wine. Amongst the intense fruit is lively integrated acidity. Together, all the components will develop with some bottle age to produce a classical rich Bendigo Shiraz.
96 Points, 2011 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
The Shiraz fruit is from low yielding vines and was harvested at the appropriate time to ensure optimum balance, ripeness and intensity of flavour. They were destemmed; berries not crushed or the must pumped to preserve their physical integrity and transferred to a majority of open 4000 L wooden. A combination of different maceration times (mainly pumping over) from 30 to 40 days on skins and a majority of the batches were naturally fermented. The wine was basket pressed and transferred to new and used French and Hungarian oak for 24 months followed by a further six months in 6000L oak vats. Selections of the best barrels were selected to make “The Cut”. The result is a balanced wine of lovely intense fruit flavours, oak tannins and acid with complex aromas and flavours. Al- though drinking well now, the wine will benefit from further ageing.