The wine opens with an intensely perfumed nose, showing wild strawberry and redcurrants with hints of violets and wild fennel. Medium bodied, the palate is sweet’n’silky, full of juicy red fruits, with fine/chalky tannins. This wine has great length and persistence, with a wonderful fine spice and lively acidity to finish.
The Sinapius vineyard lies 80 metres above sea level on a frost free site, 5km inland from Bass Strait, these grapes enjoying the long warm days and cool nights, moderated by the prevailing north-westerly sea breezes. The vineyard grows in deep ferrous soils which provide excellent water drainage and root penetration, allowing dry-growing vines. At harvest time all the grapes are handpicked by the vineyard’s families and friends in the cool autumn mornings, and then transported to the winery for processing, a maximum 150m from the vineyard. Future expansions on the property will be another hectare of close-planted vineyard on a patch of land featuring more gravelly loams, with large amounts of quartz, over a sandstone base, which should yield grapes of a different flavour profile from existing blocks from this vineyard.