The 2016 vintage will long be acclaimed as one of the best on record. Ideal winter rains, perfect flowering conditions and timely spring rainfall without frost placed vineyards in good stead ahead of a warm temperate summer.
Sections of the two best Shiraz blocks of the vintage were hand-selected and ripened steadily to perfect maturity. Components of the final blend were fermented on skins and left for 14 days before being pressed. All pressings were returned to the wine for added structure and to improve ageing potential.
“The rich, buoyant and spicy Aberfeldy Shiraz is a deeply concentrated, opulent style with blackberry and clove aromas, vanilla, cedar and oak complexity and a firm tannin kick. The underlying muscular structure is reminiscent of the Wendouree style. Rated Excellent in the Langtons Classification of Australian Wines” Langtons.com.au
The bold, yet elegant 2016 Aberfeldy has a vibrant magenta hue with aromas of dark berries, cherry, plum and chocolate accompanied by clove, nutmeg and vanilla characters derived by the oak. The palate is full bodied with dark berry conserve flavours and firm tannin generated from the perfect growing season leading in to vintage. The wine has persistent length of sweet fruit and oak, with power, elegance and great finesse.