A full-bodied wine with deep garnet red colour. There are lashings of dark cherries, blood plum and vanilla on the nose, and cedar, mocha, chocolate and cinnamon on the palate. The finish is soft and long with oak and fruit singing in harmony. A great pairing with char grilled steak, rack of lamb or after-dinner cheese.
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Harvest Date: 17th March 2018
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: 220 dozen (440 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml premium 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.
We wanted this wine to express full flavoured shiraz yet retain balance and harmony. The fruit was harvested towards the peak of ripeness. The grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed with 20% whole bunches and fermented in small open vats with daily hand plunging, and then basket pressed. The wine was aged for 18 months in 25% new French oak barriques and bottled in September 2019.