An impressive volume of ripe fruits with a whisper of woodsmoke and earth.
An impressive volume of ripe fruits with a whisper of woodsmoke and earth on the nose. The palate is a powerhouse, flush with more ripe berry and plum fruits, dark chocolate notes and an almost beefy, truffle like brooding quality. The concentration and complexity of this wine are quite striking. The tannin profile is also imposing but manages to remain vibrant, giving a mouthwatering quality to the wine. If you like a wine with grunt and power, the Vociferate Dipsomaniac is for you. Careful cellaring should see this wine just take its foot of the gas a little as tannins and fruit integrate and balance out.
Small batches of grapes are crushed gently and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
Chester Osborn & Jack Walton
It has been said that the wine from this vineyard is so good it can cause people to develop a mild case of dipsomania (look it up) and demand vociferously for another bottle.
96, Halliday Points