Wrattonbully is blessed by some of the most desirable winegrowing terrains in Australia. Smith & Hooper are sourced entirely from two Wrattonbully estate vineyards, adjacent properties which have long been owned and operated by the Smith and Hooper families. These are premium red wines from exceptional sites where the philosophy is to let the terroir speak for itself, and it does. The elements of soil and climate are so exceptional, that they elevate the noble cepage
of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon into a profound wine of distinction and finesse.
The term Terra rossa means red earth, a rich, free draining soil that is considered by many as the viticultural equivalent of discovering gold. Beneath the strata of red earth at Wrattonbully sits a layer of ancient limestone, a winegrower's dream as it allows free drainage of water, yet ensures vine roots stay close to the surface, putting natural stress on the vine and limiting its vigor and yield. Cabernet is harvested at a range of ripeness levels, Merlot is picked earlier. Parcels are treated to static fermenters, pumped over four times daily. Upon completion, batches are filled to a selection of mostly French oak hogsheads for a year and a half before the final assemblage.
Dense red in colour, with crimson hues. Plummy on the nose, exhuding aromas of intense fruit, predominantly violets and black currants with vanillin overtones. Powerful palate with excellent structure, sweetly scented oak and an integration of rich fruit within a wine of velvet textures, length and fine balance. The strength of Cabernet, the softness of Merlot and richness of Wrattonbully.