Imprimata aims to be in the best expression of this McLaren Vale vineyard. In the case of the inaugural vintage, it is a blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Petite Sirah aged for 15 months in 2-3 year old French and American Hogsheads. The Tahbilk clone of Shiraz (one of two clones planted at the property) comes from the oldest winery in Victoria and tends to produce wines that are reminiscent of the northern Rhone revealing more lifted violet and spice character. Petite Sirah is naturally higher in acid tannin and color bringing structure and minerality to the blend. The wine is made by Ben Glaetzer who shares Hammershlag’s vision of wines that walk the line between power and elegance always finding balance between the two.
Imprimata Proprietary Red
An imprimatur (from Latin, “let it be released”) is, in essence, a declaration, an endorsement. In what can be viewed as the ultimate endorsement of Australia’s viniferous strengths, Benjamin Hammerschlag has elected to establish roots in the country. Concurrent with his passion for seeking out Australia’s best wines, Hammerschlag began his quest for the perfect piece of property for his own wine in 2006. His search ended at one of the highest points in McLaren Vale in the sub-district of Seaview, known for producing fruit with a track record for the highest quality.