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All the components for this release were dry-grown, with vertically trellised Syrah drawn from Swinney’s Powderbark block B2, and Cabernet Sauvignon drawn from the Wilson’s Pool block 401. Only a subsection of soil in both blocks was farmed and selected for this rare bottling (we have only 30 dozen). While Frankland River is cool-climate continental, Swinney also uses shade cloth for these grapes on the western side, creating a soft, mottled light to protect the skins and lower the temperature in the bunch zone.
Sorted berry-by-berry, Rob Mann incorporated eight per cent whole bunches in the Syrah, and both varietals were wild-fermented. The wines spent 11 days on skins before being pressed directly to three seasoned French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The two components were blended post-MLF and filled to a single, four-year-old, 600-litre demi muid for maturation. The wine spent a total of 16 months in oak before bottling.
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
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