As with the previous vintages of Il Liris, the aim when selecting barrels for the final wine was to look for those providing the best balance of structure and fruit weight, with structure being the foremost criterion. Again Cabernet is the dominant variety, however, we have used a significantly larger proportion of Shiraz this year as the low cropping season produced more intense tannin structure in the Shiraz. The purity of Cabernet fruit expression shines through with the Shiraz bringing an earthy spiciness and mid-palate richness, with its plush tannins playing a supportive role to the layered Cabernet backbone. The Malbec from this year was particularly good, providing a tannin and colour boost; helping to accentuate the vibrant varietal characters. It is a wine that provides an eclectic mix of complexity and fruit power with each mouthful where every return to the glass provides something new. This powerfully structured, well-balanced wine will age well over the next 10-15 years.