Vintage and Vine A cooler and wetter than average spring and summer meant challenging conditions throughout the growing season. Fruit set was excellent and good spring rains delivered healthy canopy growth. Disease pressure was high, particularly powdery mildew. The vineyard team worked extra hard this season ensuring that in the end excellent quality fruit was harvested, albeit in small quantities. Winery Hand harvested from a single block of vines planted in 1997 at the Blue Rock vineyard. 100% destemmed to small open top fermenters. Gentle hand plunging 2-3 times per day. Maceration for 20 days. Following pressing the wine was run off into a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques and puncheons for 18 months maturation. Unfined and unfiltered.