of Australian winemakers, having spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for Domaine Dujac and Pousse d'Or. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale. In October 2015, Steve was been named Winemaker of the Year by the consumer wine magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine.
Abundant black fruits, plums, cocoa and earthiness from the Tempranillo are overlaid with Touriga National's stewed fruits, jasmine scented florals and nutmeg spices. The intense and tightly intertwined flavours are primarily of fresh blackberries with plum pudding and panforte. It is a richly flavoursome, medium-full bodied wine. The palate is long and consistent with integrated tannins that provide for a balanced finish and a synergy with food.