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 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: 188 dozen (376 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml premium punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons stand-up
The 2017 Vintage:
2017 delivered excellent spring rains and occasional summer rainfall. The harvest was plentiful with delayed ripening. Despite the rain, the vines remained healthy and there was little pressure from pests and disease.
All fruit was Estate grown and sourced from east and west facing blocks on either side of the Mount Camel Range. 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 fruit in the Hallmark Shiraz was picked over a period of three weeks, at varying stages of ripeness. The grapes were hand-picked and fermented in small open vats for two weeks, basket pressed, and aged in 25% new French oak for 18 months. The components that make up the Hallmark were determined during an intensive blending session in July 2018 to ensure that the Hallmark is the selection of the finest barrels and vats of the 2017 vintage.