The wine has a deep, dark colour. Flavours of blackberry & mulberry greet you on the nose along with tea leaf undertones . The palate is distinguished and complex with a refreshing acidity supported by soft, smooth tannins. The flavours from the nose follow through to the juicy palate along with flavours of cassis. These fresh, fruity flavours will linger on the palate and slowly fade away.
The Dome Ethel 2016
It was the driest year in 100 years of recorded history as we only received half of the normal average rainfall per year. This was followed by one of the hottest and driest summers in history. Budding started about one week earlier and we did not have severe South Easter winds at the start of summer. This resulted in very good budding and flowering of the vines. The drought and high summer temperatures resulted in much faster ripening and the earliest recorded harvest dates in history on Lourensford as well as the shortest harvest ever. The vines were generally very healthy and in good balance and harmony and where needed we could give them water by drip irrigation. The berries in general were smaller and more concentrated. With good canopy management and perfect harvest decisions we were able to bring the grapes in at just the desired time. This resulted in refined wines with elegance and slightly lower than normal alcohol levels compared to other vintages.