Region: Heathcote, VIC
Colour: Bright crimson
Nose: Immediate, powerful nose of red and black fruits that follow into the palate
Palate: Mixed spice highlights complement the usual ripe, sweet dark cherry and plum flavours, with a cola/chinotto finish. Fabulous tannin and acid balance conferring longevity, but imminently approachable now.
[Jasper Hill] wines are grown, made and bottled entirely on the estate from their own grapes, using organic principles. Jasper Hill produces their own composts and have never used synthetic chemicals on either the vines or the soils, since their vineyards were planted in 1975.
Viticultural practices are simple: own rooted vines (ie. not grafted on to American rootstocks to confer Phylloxera resistance), no irrigation whatsoever, minimal tillage, natural inter-row mulching leading to broad bio-diversity, very low yields giving depth and intensity to their wines. Only hand pruning of the vines and hand harvesting of the fruit can allow Jasper Hill the human connection to their living soil.