Lifted perfume of spices - cinnamon, black pepper and clove; with brambles, sage and wild thyme. Bright red berries, with darker notes of mulberries and black cherries. Soft silken tannins, bright structural acidity with a sanguine mineral thread. A benchmark vintage of RUA.
Characteristically unpredictable Central Otago growing conditions bookended by frost events. Overall, a cool, settled season with good rainfall resulting in long, gentle development of flavour and physiological ripeness. Budburst, flowering and fruit set all right on schedule this year for our cool climate region.