All grapes were hand harvested and sorted prior to whole bunch pressing directly to French oak puncheons for natural fermentation. 20% of the barrels were new. Post-fermentation, the wine was sulphured and matured on its gross lees for 10 months, prior to blending and bottling after a single filtration.
Funder & Diamond vineyard, Drive Block. North facing at 240 meters above sea level. Close planted in the red volcanic soil of Wandin East in 1990 using the P58 clone and cropped at 7t/Ha.
A warm spring and mild summer has resulted in excellent crops and ideal harvesting conditions. The wines have outstanding depth of flavor and structure. Flowering occurred in early November, fruit set in January and harvest on March 1st at 12.4⁰ baume.