Notes from winemaker, Pat Underwood:
2019 will be remembered as a great medium term vintage in Vic. We have concentration, great phenolic ripeness, striking acidity and layers of flavours unfolding in whites and reds. Not super high alcohols generally, which is refreshing and improves the wines drinkability. This is a great example of a lovely small wine slowly unfolding and revealing complexity.
When I was a kid I would knock around with a couple of older boys - Lachy and Rhys Ford. I was an obedient pain in their arse. They were from a local family who farmed some sheep, trained trots and ran the local dairy - delivering milk to supermarkets and shops. They were then and still are some of the better sports blokes in Castlemaine - I was not.
Anyway - this wine smells just like the sheet of ply their Grandma would squash the blackberry bush with. We’d walk up it and under our weight it would squash the canes of the bush, allowing us to get to the ripest fruit. Grandma would make jam from the massive hauls we'd pull in after driving around the countryside looking for bushes.
Aromatics are full of fruit, dried spice and fresh green lift.
Abundant dark blackberry and raspberry fruit on the palate wrapped in a little fresh phenolic lick some sweet oak. The wine is satisfying in its light weight and dark fruit with a salty, salivating finish. Persistent structure. Lovely match for richer dishes and will handle some spice.