2022 LE FAUVE Rouge
For the second year running NSW was impacted by a strong La Nina weather pattern with a cooler, wetter growing season and summer than the long-term trend shows. The key phenological development stages for the vineyards across NSW were well behind usual and the result was a very nervous period in the lead up to harvest.
Ripening was very slow and prolonged across the high country, but this has given us some great depth of flavour combined with excellent acidity, resulting in flavoursome yet vibrant wines.
The evolution of this this wine continues while the driving inspiration remains. The addition of Shiraz to the Tempranillo and Pinot Noir making a Mélange à Trois of bright fruit ensuring approachability on an almost intoxicating level. Six months in old barrels giving the wine just enough time to relax into is Iberian like form. Once again, the target of enjoyment, needing no excuse, but slightly chilled on Christmas day would be a good fit.