This novel trio of 65% Shiraz, 25% Mourvèdre and 10% Tempranillo doesn’t put a step out of place. This is a medium bodied style wine with an interesting interplay of red and dark fruits, with sour cherry, plum and white pepper notes and an earthy, savoury finish. Will you do the Fandango?
Variety: 65% Shiraz, 25% Mourvedre, 10% Tempranillo
Harvest Date: 3-6th March 018
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: 1.2 tonne/acre
Production: 98 dozen (196 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons 1 x 6 stand-up.
The 2018 Vintage:
2018 had a relatively dry ripening season, resulting in relatively lower yields but very good quality. Smaller berries mean 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.
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 are 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 by hand in the first week of March 2018, fermented in open vats with daily hand plunging, and then basket pressed. The wine was aged for 20 months in 25% new French oak barriques and blended just prior to bottling in September 2019.