Deep purple in colour. Lavender and violet aromas waft from the glass and take over the senses. Blackcurrant, liquorice and clove are present on the palate – delicious, in this fruit forward vintage of Isabelle Cabernet Franc Merlot.
The nose shows strawberry, rhubarb, and cherry liqueur – a savoury character floats above. This is no after-thought, but a Rosé built from the ground up. Sour cherries and cranberries drive the palate. This is a wine that makes you thirsty for more.
Red fruits; liquorice; woodspice; plums and violets lead the aromatic charge. Sure-footed and agile – this is not built as a blockbuster – rather, a wine that seeks to tell a story rather than finish it.
Cool-climate lemon pith, with white nectarines leading the mid palate. Bright, crunchy acidity lends drive and structure. Astute winemaking has instilled a gentle minerality in this wine – again, seldom seen in wines of this price.
Cranberries and BRIGHT red cherries – overtly aromatic, and compelling before it’s sipped. There’s no identity crisis here – unmistakable FRANC – the fruit sits proudly above all else. Oak does its best to tame the buzzard, but it’s all in vain, as the agility and verve of the fruit trumps all-comers.
Hand picked, naturally fermented by wild yeasts in one small open fermenter and matured in French barriques for eighteen months, this wine is powerful, aromatic and densely layered, with cassis, cedar and fine, spicy oak.
Made from the best Chardonnay fruit sourced from a 20 year-old Griffin Rd vineyard, the “Pinnacle” Chardonnay captures our regard for this noble variety. Bright yellow in hue – as with all of our whites, wild-yeast fermentation gives stability and uniform colour from centre to rim.
Proudly medium-weight in the glass. Crimson, fading to red edges. There’s a truffle-driven allure – an intriguing complexity to the aromatics. Hoi-sin and cinnamon conspire to add further interest. Ripeness is hemmed in by whole bunch spice and inherent acidity.