A full-bodied wine with deep ruby colour. There are fragrances of plum and vanilla. The palate is generous with hints of cedar, spice, plum, dark chocolate. The firm tannins support a long finish. A great wine for roast duck, lamb or a gourmet barbeque. Will gracefully age for 10+ years
Variety: 95% Shiraz 5% Viognier
Harvest Date: 7th March 2017
Vineyard Location: North west 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
Yields: 1.5 tonne/acre
Production: 296 dozen (592 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons 1 x 6 stand-up.
The 2017 Vintage:
2017 delivered excellent spring rains and the occasional summer rainfall. The harvest was plentiful with slightly delayed ripening. Despite the rain, the vines remained healthy and there was little pressure from pests and disease.
All fruit was Estate grown, sourced from north facing slopes of the Dowd’s Lane vineyard. The vines are unirrigated and relatively low yielding. The vines were cane-pruned by hand and wrapped to a single wire trellis to encourage some bunch shading during the heat of summer.
The fruit was harvested in the first week of March 2017. The shiraz and viognier were picked on the same day and co-fermented in open vats with daily hand plunging, and then basket pressed. The wine was aged for 21 months in 25% new French oak barriques and bottled in September 2018.