Maturation: After 24 months of maturation in new and one year old French oak, BLACK was fined using egg whites and then bottled with moderate filtration.
Winemaker Rhys Eather comments: 2011 ended up an excellent Hunter Valley vintage for both whites and reds after excessive rain at the end of 2010. Good growers whose vineyards were free of disease in December were able to produce wonderfully ripe and flavoursome fruit when the weather became quite warm and dry during the vintage months.
Tasting note: An intense crimson colour with hints of purple. The nose is solid Shiraz with nuances of violets and chocolate. The full to medium bodied palate is packed with black fruits and creamy complexity. This wine has exceptional length of flavor with a lingering finish.
Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the characteristics that are required for further long term cellaring.
Decanting is highly recommended prior to serving to allow the wine to be at its best.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
Production: 1408 numbered 750ml bottles and 50 numbered 1500ml bottles.
"AWARDED 98 POINTS by Tony Keys"
Tony Keys The Key Report On Wine - 15th February 2014
Opened 36 hours ago, this is my third taste and its humming. Primary black fruits with a hint of earthy charcoal, redcurrants and leather ensure the Hunter Valleys terroir is carried confidently by the olfactory signature. Hints of vanilla cream and chocolate stem from the expensive new and old French oak from a mixture of barriques and puncheons. It's pillow soft and carries an intense red fruit line with a tannin framework that seamlessly woven as it passes through the palate. It gathers and rolls with a gentle momentum carrying the oak well and pushing through the finish with a delicate, spicy length. So much enjoyment already but an exultant future ahead too.
Sip and surrender is all I can advise. The dark, deep flavours of the earth and all its ferrel greatness slowly rise and spread through the mouth encapsulating all. Wow is my tasting note. 98 points and Im sure it will gain the other as it ages." James Halliday AWC