Dark ruby in colour, full-bodied, with aromas of rose petals, sour cherry and plum. It’s supple and velvet-like on the pallet with great length and elegance, with many years cellaring potential.
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Harvest Date: early to late March 2016
Vineyard Location: Dowd’s Land South block
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: 25 dozen (50 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml premium punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons lay down
The 2016 Vintage:
2016 was a warm dry year with lower yields and rapid fruit ripening. There was very low disease pressure. Berries were small and nested in open bunches.
The fruit was sourced from BVRC30 Shiraz clones on the south facing block on our Dowds Lane vineyard. The vines are unirrigated and very low yielding. They are cane-pruned by hand and wrapped to a single wire trellis to encourage some bunch shading during the heat of summer.
The grapes were hand-picked, fermented in small open vats for two weeks, basket pressed, and aged in a single new French oak barrique for 18 months. The wine is neither filtered nor fined.