Since the first vintage that Jardine Vineyard has produced, our winemakers have observed an interesting phenomenon: the clusters of grapes hanging close to the wooden end-posts (these support the wire trellising at the end of each vine row) seemed to benefit from increased sun exposure. The grapes were richer and more luscious. Eventually curiosity overcame them and they spent one October Sunday picking the end-post fruit. It has now become an annual tradition and a labor of love. The small crop in 2002 was hand picked and then fermented in small bins with regular punch downs of the cap done by hand. Macceration took place for two weeks to extract maximum color, flavor and character. The wine completed malic fermentation in 100% new French oak and spent a total of 18 months in barrel.
- Color: Deep, dark saturated purple
- Aroma: Intense aromas of dark berry fruits and blueberry together with plum, violets, licorice, cassis, earth and apricot complimented by toasty oak and vanilla
- Taste: A big, bold full bodied wine with great extract and firm but fine, ripe tannins; weighty and rounded on the palate, with blackberry, plum, blueberry and peach with hints of spice and pepper; a very long and pleasing finish