2016 Solana Tempranillo
A style which exudes vibrancy and complexity. Distinctive generosity of dark berry fruits with mouth-watering tannin which matches perfectly to food.
Cellar up to 20 years
Distinctive blueberry and mulberry, with bramble and beetroot hints. Sweet juicy fruits over a savoury and rustic core. Flavours of dark satsuma plum, blueberry and dried salty herbs meandering to a chalky mineral finish.
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced from the Cameron block which was planted in 2009. Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam over red and yellow friable clay with slight westerly aspects at elevations of 220 to 250m above sea level.
Crushed cool to fermenters to static fermenters for eight days, peak temperature 28 degrees Celsius. Fermented in open top fermenters, hand plunged twice daily at temperatures averaging 28 degrees. Winemaking encourages deep and dense structures, but with spice and minerality.
The 2016 vintage begun with a hot Spring, likely due to a strong El Niño influence, with October, November and December considerably warmer than the previous season. Rolling on to January, the Geographe region received 74mm over four days of rain on January 18, proving a test for most Vineyards, however the fruit remained pristine and fresh.