John Hanning Speke was an English explorer in the early 19th century who discovered the source of the Nile – writing by telegram “The Nile is settled”. The craggy, old vines that source this wine range in age from 60 – 100 years old.
At dawn, the grapes are hand-picked, double sorted – firstly by bunch and then, after the destemmer, by grape. Fermentation, like our top wines, Exile and Émigré, and indeed our other Single Vineyard wines is conducted in oak vats, followed by malolactic fermentation and ageing in 100 per cent new French Oak barrels.
Deep ruby in colour. Strong mineral-tinged aromas of raspberry, candied cherry, sassafras and iron. Juicy and intensely flavoured, with
a distinct cherry tone braced by fresh acids. Smokey notes emerge with air, adding complexity to the dark, soil-tinged red berry flavours. Finishes on a spicy note of cracked pepper, with good length and lift to the fruit.
2006 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 91 POINTS
2005 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 94 POINTS