Langhorne Creek has a cool maritime climate due to a wind known as the Lake Doctor coming off Lake Alexandrina travelling across the Antarctic and Southern Ocean to the Langhorne Creek vines. Soil throughout the region is predominantly deep, alluvial sandy loams with patches of black, self-mulching clays.
The 2018 Langhorne Creek vintage was excellent. Winter had above average rainfall, which reduced as the spring months wore on. Summer was reasonably dry and hot, with a couple of downpours helping canopy maintenance. Temperatures were warmer than average, however, the summer breeze provided cool nights allowing flavour development. Cabernet Sauvignon was particularly strong with moderate yields and excellent quality.
Fruit for Close of Play was destemmed and crushed into 5-tonne open fermenters. The wine underwent maceration for 8-11 days and was then pressed straight into oak, a 30% new French and 5% American combination, to complete malolactic fermentation. Close of Play is a wine of great character and style, showing generous red berry fruits with touches of mint and clove. The palate has great depth, is soft, silky and wonderfully balanced. The perfect wine worth sharing with family and friends as a ‘finale’ at any get together.