Vintage
2010
Geographical region
McLaren Vale
Picking Date
19 February 2010
Variety
100% Shiraz – Estate Grown
Sugar
14.5% Baume
Bottled
12 March 2012
Cellaring
10-15 years

Appearance
A dense inky colour, purple/red with black hues.

Nose
Pure varietal aromas of blackberry and ripe plum fruits with sweet spicy oak and dark chocolate.

Palate
Intense fruit characters with savoury tannins.

Ageing potential
A big powerful wine, young and lively now but will drink well and improve with further bottle maturation for at least 5 – 8 years.

Vintage Description

Healthy rainfall, favourable conditions for most of the growing season and a stress-free ripening period characterised the 2010 vintage.


Winemaking

Fruit was picked and immediately transported to the winery for processing. It is fermented under cool conditions with a selected yeast strain to retain the aromatic characteristics of the fruit while developing the structure and tannin backbone of the wine.

The wine once fermented was pressed then seeded with a selected malolactic culture again to enhance and retain fruit characteristics. After malolactic fermentation is completed the wine is racked into predominantly French Oak for maturation. A mixture of new and old oak barrels is used to give an elegant complexity of oak characteristics.

During the 20 months maturation in oak the wine is racked to assist its clarification and reduce the need for filtration of the finished wine.

Minimalist handling techniques have been utilised at all stages of the production of this wine in an attempt to reduce maceration of fruit and retain as much of its premium fruit character whilst still enhancing the structure and intense flavour of the wine.


Food Matching
The perfect accompaniment to beef, lamb, duck and pasta.

Awards

  • Silver Medal, Melbourne International Wine Competition 2016

Reviews

  • 94 points, 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

    Full bodied in every respect, thus deserving the ‘Big Red’ self-description but not in any way departing from a region/variety symbiotic link; black fruits, dark chocolate and French Oak all contribute. Excellent winery able to produce wines of high to very high quality. 94 points. – 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion.