2017 Purple Hands Aglianico
Sourced from the Stansborough Vineyard in the southern Barossa Valley.
The site is around 260m above sea level with a northerly aspect. Soil consists of deep red clay with bands of ironstone and quartz. The fruit was picked on the 10th May, placed into open fermenters and left until natural yeast fermentation commenced. Temperatures were allowed to reach 30C with hand plunging performed 3 times daily. After racking to barrel, the wine was left on lees to mature for 10 months before racking and blending, and then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 5 months. No fining was used.
Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting aromas of red liquorice, dried rose petals and blackcurrant with mineral and herbal hints adding the complexity. Sweet fruit shows itself immediately on the palate but is followed by long fine fruit tannins that just keep going with natural acidity aiding the fantastic length on this wine.