Deep ruby red colour with intense dark cherry and smoked plum aromatics that are hinged around complex dried herb and spice aromatics. On the palate a fleshy black-fruit core is surrounded by a layered line of textural savoury tannins.
The Tempranillo is grown in the Light Pass sub-region of the Barossa Valley, which is classic red soil over limestone, and sits high on the eastern edge of the Valley. Likely, the oldest planting of Tempranillo in the region, planted in 1999 and is managed with low-input sustainable viticultural practices.
The fruit was hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented in both open-topped stainless steel fermenters and a 900 litre closed oak-cask. Extended skin contact pre and post fermentation together with daily hand plunging was utilised to gently extract colour and tannin.
After 30 days on skins the ferments were pressed to a mix of new and seasoned 500 litres French oak Puncheons for maturation. Matured undisturbed for 30 months, then naturally clarified and bottled without filtration.
The timing of the first full moon in the Barossa Valley each harvest typically lines up with the Tempranillo harvest of the Light Pass Vineyard. This harvest moon wine is our offering to Selene, the Greek Goddess of the moon, the celestial-beauty that resembles fertility and productivity.
Optimum year 2025
Reviewer Campbell Mattinson 01/08/2018
A latticework of a wine. The fine detail of spice, the web of tannin, the way red and darker berried fruits beaver away at the treble and bass, the ultimate wash of coffeed, unsweetened cola character through the finish. Oak seems to be at play but the fruit is the thing. A wine in beautiful form.
Reviewer Campbell Mattinson 29/01/2018
Sweet and savoury at once. Ample fruit flavour. A thick-ish glide of coffeed oak, or what feels like coffeed oak, It's not easy to tell with Tempranillo. It's both fine-boned and hearty at once, the tannin ultra fine and ultra good. Polish, polish, polish.
Released after three years in barrel and then at least one in bottle, this is pitched towards complexity and inspired by traditional Rioja. Savory dry-aged beef and spices, herbs, liquorice, light herbs and dried blueberry. The palate deilvers smooth blueberry and plum fruits with velvety tannins. Drink or hold. Nick Stock, Oct 2021