Vintage
2013
Geographical region
McLaren Vale
Picking Date
21 February 2013
Variety
100% Shiraz – Estate Grown
Sugar
14.5% Baume
Bottled
20 November 2014
Cellaring
5-8 years

Appearance
Brilliant, deep red

Nose
Ripe, rich raspberry and mulberry fruits with sweet French oak characters and a touch of spice.

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

The season started with heavy rains in July but was followed by a dry spring with very hot conditions during the summer months leading into vintage. Managing the hot weather during harvest was a key challenge, however although the crop was light it was of very good quality.


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 15 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.