The second release from this ancient block. The 8 Acres vineyard was planted in 1892 and sits just below the 4 Acres vineyard beside the driveway up to the winery. The vine orientation is north–south, perpendicular to the 4 Acres vines, and the vineyard produces a different style of wine altogether. As usual, some of the 8 Acres fruit has been used in the Vat 9 blend, with the remainder being bottled on its own.
The fruit was handpicked on 13 February and sorted in the vineyard before fermentation took place in our open-top vats with 15% whole bunches. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 14 months in a one-year-old 2,700-litre French oak cask.
Bright purple with more density of colour than the 4 Acres. It is similar to the 2018 – a rounder, medium-bodied, darker-fruited style. Juicy and moreish, with a loose-knit structure that gives the wine an element of approachability but also an underlying length and structure that reflect its pedigree.