A settled and early summer resulted in an exceptional fruit set and clean growing conditions throughout the vineyard. This was followed with a persistent period of near drought conditions from mid-summer to autumn. Temperatures were in the normal range, but rainfall was very low with the island experiencing only a third of the year previous. These conditions allowed fruit to reach optimal ripeness. As a result, 2019 will be fondly recalled as a vintage that produced an abundance of high-quality wines.
Brooding aromas of spiced plum, dried herbs and cedar wood.
Medium bodied with fine tannins. Cassis, plums and hints of cedar wood, tobacco and leather.
Michael Cooper/Winestate 4.5 Star:
The 2019 vintage (4.5*) is an elegant 'Merlot/Cabernet' blend, already drinking well, but also worth cellaring. Estate grown at Onetangi, it is full-coloured, fresh and fragrant. Mouthfilling, it is distinctly Bordeaux-like, with strong blackcurrant, plum and red berry flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, good complexity, and ripe, supple tannins.