The art of élevage is the skill of blending in the cellar, raising the potential of exceptional grapes to deliver something profound in the bottle. Meticulously blended parcels of wine, and the mystery of specially selected oak barrels deliver intense flavours, complexity and palate length. Élevage wines celebrate our winemaker’s honed skills and years of craftmanship.
Vintage 2020 will be remembered for its “two” summers. December (the “first” summer) was the hottest on record causing significant stress to the vines. Fortunately, January and February (the “second” summer) had cooler than average days and nights. The start of February brought significant rain, thunderstorms and a continuation of cooler than average temperatures. This allowed vineyards to recover and freshen up from the earlier season heat. The warmer, drier spring and start of summer reduced vine vigour and led to smaller berries and lower yields. But vines were able to recover and enjoyed a long, gradual ripening period allowing flavours to slowly and fully develop.
96 Points / GOLD - Wine Showcase Magazine
Gold - CWSA 2022
95 Points - Sam Kim
92 Points - Halliday Companion 2023
Bronze - McLaren Vale Wine Show
Varietal: Shiraz 100%
Growing Region: McLaren Vale
Winemaker: Mike Farmilo
Alcohol Vol: 14.5%
Bottle: 750mL / Cork + wax closure