The wine is restrained at first but opens up in the glass. Dark cherry and plum are the primary fruit characters with subtle vanilla and chocolate characters adding to the inviting aroma. A delicious rhubarb like character runs the length of the palate. The wine has ample tannin but it is supple and velvety. Restrained vanilla and creamy oak characters fill the midpalate. The wine finishes elegantly with intensity of tannin and flavour. A warmer spring and cooler summer saw the Barossa begin vintage 2012 with some exceptionally healthy vines and expectations for an early ripening period. Maximum mean temperatures in the Barossa in spring (September to November) were slightly above average, which led to good vegetative growth, healthy vines and potentially early ripening, while summer mean maximum temperatures were cooler than average.