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2011 Vintage

Tasting notes


Winemaking – 2011 was a wetter than usual year resulting in increased disease pressure in the vineyard. Thankfully for its windy location and low fruit yield, the fruit from Paeroa Vineyard escaped unscathed. The wetter vintage delivered berries with good fruit intensity and medium bodied tannin structure. All fruit was fermented in 1 tonne open fermenters, with some parcels receiving extended skin contact, increasing colour, flavour and tannin. Gentle plunging and skin soaking encouraged good extraction. Wine was basket pressed and cellared in French oak hogsheads for 30 months.


Tannat (40%)- sourced from McLaren Vale (Sand Road) vineyard, tannat expresses lifted aromatics, dusty tannin ripeness and colour. 100% 2-3 year old French hogsheads.

Cabernet Sauvignon (30%)- Sourced from Paeroa Vineyard, cabernet from ironstone soils contributes tannin structure and classic aromatics to the blend. 25% new French oak, 75% 1-2 year old French hogsheads.

Shiraz (30%)- Paeroa Vineyard provided ripe, luscious fruit for the Good Doctor in 2011. Generous layers of lush fruit and spice add balance and complexity to the tonic.


Tasting Notes – The inky colour on the glass hint to the intensity to come. The wine shows lifted aromatics of dark fruit backed by smoky cedar and spicy oak. The palate offers restrained intensity and integration. Layered tannins carry complex fruit flavours over the entire palate. A luscious, complete mouth feel, with spiced plum and liquorice.

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