RRP: $47.00 per bottle Sale: $21.67 per bottle
This is a new vineyard in the H&H portfolio, with fruit coming from the old Somerset Vineyard. The block is from dry grown 1968 plantings, which definitely makes it one one the stalwarts in the Valley, and in turn has produced a wine showing a definite sense of place.
Picking for Somerset took place on 23rd February and the vineyard was hand picked. H&H like to cold soak their crushed Shiraz fruit for 3-4 days, which assists in colour and tannin extraction prior to fermentation. They run their ferments moderate between 15-20 degrees, for 7 to 10 days, where they then send the juice to mature in French hogsheads and puncheons for approx 9 months, before filtering and bottling.
2016 has given the winemakers a wine so sumptuous, so elegant and fruit driven, bright cherry red in the glass. With each swirl the nose opens up to dried herbs, violets and cherry vanilla. The palate shows lovely red berries, with a juicy persistence of flavour, finishing with silky soft tannins. A wine that is drinking perfectly now, but will age gracefully with good cellaring.