Weather and Harvest Conditions
A perfect year. The 1998 vintage began with ideal spring weather. It was sunny, warm and very calm which translated into a perfect fruit set. Prior to and after fruit set, rain occurred in correct amounts at the correct time to develop the bunches. After Veraison, adequate rain ensured healthy berry size and condition prior to the dry ripening period. The ripening period was noted for hot days of 33°C and cool nights which developed flavour and concentration. Harvest occurred earlier than usual, commencing in early April. The weather during harvest was perfect.
Quality of Vintage
Showing with a lighter ruby colour. The wine presents a fine scent of flowers and ripe berries. A slight sensation of tobacco, vanilla and tar on the palette. Followed by a long, firm finish of soft tannins and sweet fruit. An elegant and complex wine showing great finesse and weight as it ages. Will develop for the next 10+ years.