The 2011 Galvo Garage is entering a really interesting phase (Feb 2016) with primary fruit characters of cassis, tomato leaf and red capsicum just starting to wane, gently giving way to secondary notes of forest floor, black olive, fresh leather and mixed spice. A lovely cedary note also adds to the ever more complex nature of this wine. The mouthfeel is particularly sleek, with balanced fruit and tannins that purr from one end of the palate to the other. No rollercoaster ride here but rather a passage marked by consistency and length. Enjoy this wine now, as the window has opened, and similarly for some years into the future.
Food Matching: Steak, pork sausages.
Vineyard: Ample winter and spring rain provided good sub soil moisture and resulted in healthy canopies and good vigour. Summer conditions were very mild. Grapes ripened gracefully with only a few small rain episodes, enough to keep the vines fresh and vibrant. Rainfall was only a little over average for the first months of the year.
Vinification: Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to open fermenters. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation, the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and old French oak to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, there is no racking until final blending and no fining or filtration.
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Deep purple with a slight red hue, this delicious wine leads with intense, complex aromas of spicy black fruit, cigar paper, and espresso. On the palate, ripe tannins frame a juicy mid-palate, enhancing elegant flavours of black fruit, anise, and subtle spices.