The 2018 growing season brought it all! Spring was brilliant, with the earliest flowering in Gibbston history under continuous dry and warm conditions, resulting in a fantastic fruit set. The warm dry period gave a strong and early bud push and notably our wind machine wasn’t run once.
December and January were the warmest in memory and fears of a severe drought were relieved with heavy rain in February and March, allowing the berries to expand and fill out to beautiful plush bunches. Picking began 21 days early and we once again harvested clean fruit without rain, frost or disease pressure.
Dark red fruits and cranberry abound on the palate with elegant and delicately integrated tannins finely balanced by a minerality typical of the Coal Pit vineyard. Showing good palate tension and linear length.
12 months in 40% new French oak