The big fruit flavours provided by the westerly vineyards are restrained by fruit grown from the eastern side of the Mount Camel ranges, combining to deliver complexity and length. It’s soft, savory and spicy, with blackberry, olive and chocolate notes, and nicely integrated tannins. A perfect partner for beef and lamb dishes.
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Harvest Date: March 2016
Vineyard Location: North west and eastern vineyards
Geology / Soil Profile: Deep, red rocky clay loam (derived from Cambrian Rock)
Viticulture Practices: Un-irrigated vineyards, zero tillage, grass sward between rows, cane pruned
Oenological Data: Yields – 1.2 tonne/acre
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons 2 x 3 laydown
The 2016 Vintage:
2016 was one of the driest years on record, resulting in relatively lower yields but very good quality. With smaller berries there is a higher skin to juice ratio, therefore the vines gave up great colour and natural tannins. The dry weather meant that minimal spraying for pests and diseases was required, so the fruit was free from chemical intervention.
The fruit was harvested in March 2016 and gently crushed. Fermentation occurred in open vats with occasional hand plunging, and then the must was basket pressed. The wine was aged for 20 months in 25% new French oak barriques. Final blending occurred just prior to bottling in December 2017. The wine was neither filtered nor fined.
The fruit is 100% estate-grown Shiraz, sourced from blocks on either side of the Mount Camel ridge. The east facing block is protected from hot winds and the late afternoon sun. Its juice tends to be spicy, structured and textural. The west facing block is exposed to the warmer conditions and delivers berries with bold fruit flavours. The vines are unirrigated, relying on natural soil moisture, and pruned and picked by hand.
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