2017 Barossa Valley Shiraz

$30.00

Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting and enticing aromas of raspberry, milk chocolate, mocha, warm spices with French oak adding hints of vanilla. A plush juicy silky palate with fine tannin adding the textural element, flavours of liquorice and red berries add to the persistent sweet fruited palate.

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Description

Vineyard:
Stansborough Vineyard, Williamstown

Viticulture:
The site is around 260-280m above sea level with an east west aspect. Soil consists of a shallow red clay top soil over friable red clay with bands of quartz, ironstone and shale. The vineyard was planted in 2000 and is own rooted, clones are heritage and 1654. The vines are spur pruned to 32-36 buds per vine. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue.

Winemaking:
The Shiraz was -picked on the 14th February 2015. 10% whole clusters were tipped into open fermenters with the balance crushed on top. One open fermenter was seeded with Symphony yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae/Kluyveromyces thermotolerans) with the other left until natural yeast fermentation commenced. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with hand plunging performed 3 times daily. After 8 days on skins the fruit was basket pressed & transferred into 18% new French oak with the balance into 1 – 4 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. After malo-lactic fermentation SO2 was added to the barrels, the wine was then left on lees to mature for 7 months before racking, the wine was then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 11 months.

Tasting Notes:
Vibrant colour leads to a nose of interesting and enticing aromas of raspberry, milk chocolate, mocha, warm spices with French oak adding hints of vanilla. A plush juicy silky palate with fine tannin adding the textural element, flavours of liquorice and red berries add to the persistent sweet fruited palate.

Cellaring:
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 15 years.

Analysis:
Alc/vol 14.3 % TA 6.14 g/l pH 3.64 RS 2.6 g/l , VA 0.78 g/l

Current Vintage Accolades

Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points
Patrick Eckel – 94 Points
Winestate Magazine – 4 stars

Previous Vintage Accolades

2016 Vintage James Halliday – 93 Points Patrick Eckel – 93 Points 2018 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal 2018 Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal Winestate Magazine – 4 Stars included in Winestate 2018 Annual Wines of the year issue Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points 2015 Vintage Campbell Mattinson – 92 Points Patrick Eckel – 96 Points Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points James Halliday – 93 Points Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal 2014 Vintage James Halliday – 95 Points 2013 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 Points James Halliday – 96 Points 2012 Vintage James Halliday – 96 Points 2011 Vintage James Halliday – 90 Points 2010 Vintage James Halliday – 88 Points 2009 Vintage James Halliday – 95 Points 2008 Vintage James Halliday – 94 Points 2010 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal –

Reviews

A wine for the cellar with the 2017 vintage giving elegance, longevity and an overarching savoury structure; A youthful deep red in the glass with a nose of black cherry and plum with some tar and roses like notes. The palate is set against a backdrop of drying black fruits with a faint touch of unsweetened licorice; tannins are fine but have an enjoyable earthen flare before expansive plum and blackberry fruit is lifted by some bitter dark chocolate notes to finish.  Double decant if drinking now, and watch out after a couple of years in bottle. – Patrick Eckel 94 Points

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