The dry 2015 weather led to one of the healthiest seasons in years with very little loss. Warm weather resulted in earlier bud break and a warm, dry and windy summer regulated growth and accelerated ripening. Wines were above average in quality with exceptional analysis and flavor. Extensive sorting of the grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were de-stemmed only, not crushed, to ensure gentle extraction of fruit flavors. Whole berry fermentation and gentle punch downs ensured extra care in handling of grapes. After basket pressing, the wine matured in French oak barrels for 16 months, 50% new, where malolactic fermentation took place. Rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense liquorice and blackberry flavors on the palate and fine, lingering tannins. Optimal aging potential of 5‚Äì8 years.