The Holy Trinity is a traditional blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. The fruit for this wine is Barossa grown, predominantly handpicked from old, dry-grown vines which range from 35 to 90 years old. The 2016 vintage saw a cool winter with low than average rainfall which continued into spring, warmer than average temperatures through November, December & January. Early lignification and flavour development was observed, late January rain had a positive effect & this combined with a mild February & March allowed for a smooth harvest and good flavour development. 2016 will be regarded as a very good to exceptional year for reds in the Barossa.
After harvesting, the grapes were then received at the winery and fermented in old, concrete fermenters, similar to those still used in the Rhone Valley. Once fermentation was complete, selected parcels were either pressed into stainless steel for settling, or left in their original fermenters for extended maceration on skins. The wines were regularly tasted to determine when to finish maceration, and once the desired tannin and flavour structure was achieved it was then gently pressed and transferred to oak. A combination of seasoned larger format Foudre vats (2500 ltr) along with French oak Puncheons (500 ltr) are used for this wine with a total of 17 months maturation prior to bottling. The larger oak format retains freshness of fruit yet has all the benefits of ageing in oak with a softening of the tannins and maturation of the aromas and flavours.
The 2016 vintage produced Grenache of great power. This is evident in this wine with so much depth and structure underneath the full, dark fruit spectrum. The 2016 THT has incredible balance between powerful fruit and structure, yet is elegant and sophisticated beyond all expectations. This wine will be ready to drink when released, yet careful cellaring will also be rewarded.
Fruit spectrum of a black forest cake, dark berries mixed with fresh raspberries. Earthy forest floor, coco, dark spice and subtle warm oak spices.
Red currants, blackberries and raspberry fruit, structurally driven wine with hints of coco and dark aromatic spices. Long and fine tannins give the wine balance and elegance.