This is our third vintage of Spice Trader. Just as the spice traders of old, we invest our time and effort and risk all in search of those exotic flavours. We join you in the hunt for those elusive spices that fascinate our palates and capture our imaginations. Wine should be an adventure.
Variety: Shiraz [52%] and Cabernet Sauvignon [48%]
Region: Langhorne Creek
Soil: Sandy loam
This is an intense glass of juicy and delicious red. A burst of dark primary fruit hits the palate with a compote of blueberries, blackberries and currants. These powerful fruit notes can engulf the uninitiated, but waves of spice, fresh spearmint and dried herbs can be discovered by seasoned flavour explorers.
The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are fermented separately with specific parcels included for their ability to offer greater complexity and character. Time in barrel permits a softening of the wine’s structure. It also offers a complex expression of the fruit and helps the exotic notes of spice to be discovered.
2014 followed the classic road of a late vintage accompanying a late Easter. Deep soil moisture from a traditional winter flood bolstered us against the warm summer days, as did the cooling Langhorne Creek winds. We were spared the late February rains that harried other regions in South Australia. 2014 in Langhorne Creek is heralded as offering the best Cabernet Sauvignon in over a decade.
Maturation Vessel: French and American oak hogsheads in combination
Age of vines: 25+ years
Age of barrels: 1-3 years
Time in barrel: 12 months
Optimum drinking: 2017-2021
Suitable for vegans: Yes