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An extremely dry winter preceded the 2007 growing season. This was then followed by dry conditions through spring and into early summer. Crop levels were well down on average for all red varieties, while vine vigor was retained. A hot February combined with the small crops brought vintage forward by several weeks compared with the norm. Low disease pressure was a feature. The hot, dry conditions and early ripening required fastidious attention to soil moisture levels, and some supplementary irrigation. Cool nights featured in most districts however, ensuring the retention of fresh flavours.
Colour: Medium ruby red with purple tints.
Bouquet: Vibrant fruit aromas of ripe plum and blackberry, black pepper and cassis.
Palate: Attractive spicy berry fruit characters, softly textured, with persistent yet approachable tannins; this wine shows the harmony which can be achieved by carefully blending parcels of soft, rounded Shiraz with finely structured Cabernet Sauvignon, crating a wine with richly layered fruit flavours and a supple, long-lasting palate.
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