Soils are generally described as red brown over clay, with broken bluestone and slate subsoil. This provides good conditions for drainage during the cool, wet winters and low to moderate nutrient level in the soils. This has the effect of keeping grape yields naturally low which increases the concentration of flavour, aroma and tannin compounds within the berries.
The estate is planted with a diverse range of varieties including the Clare Valley stalwarts of riesling, shiraz, cabernet, and malbec. There’s also sauvignon blanc, semillon, tempranillo, sangiovese, chardonnay, pinot grigio, fiano, mourvedre, merlot and savignan.
Aroma: Fragrant aromas of kaffir lime, lemon and talc. Maybe some subtle feijoa aromas too. It displays the clarity and purity of dry Clare Valley Riesling from an excellent vintage.
Palate: Fresh, bright and delicate, the citrus fruit provides up front flavor while the mouth-watering spine of acidity elevates the wine to a clean, dry crescendo. Delicious.
Summary: This is the 35th release of this much-loved wine. The “Trad” is always a lovely drink upon release, but 5 -7 years in the cellar will reward those who like a little bottle age. Drink with any seafood really, but it’s pairing with fresh shucked SA oysters is hard to top.