Fadlagring: 14 måneder i egetræsfade
Producent: Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines
Region: McLaren Vale
2020: Halliday Wine Companion 96 points – Gold
“The 126yo vines produce grapes of very high quality, fermentation in oak vats giving the grapes their due respect (followed by maturation in vats or hogsheads). It has finesse, length and balance, and will live for decades.
– James Halliday”
Each year we strive to gain even a little more perfection to making this wine. While the essential element in the making of Centurion is the critical quality selection of the fruit from the 1892 plantings, we augment the style using several techniques.
All ferments are small scale – we purchased a third vat in 2017 to allow most of the components to be fermented in oak. Some even smaller ferments are hand plunged with some whole bunches to build structure and aromatics.
Ultimately, maturation was in a combination of hogsheads and vats with several workings and swapping of vessels to promote longevity of the wine and enhance the palate length. On final blending in May 2018, the wine was made ready for bottling in June.