2007 Thomas Vineyard Estate Shiraz
- Four and a half stars. James Halliday 2010 Wine Companion
A feature of the 2007 season was one of the most severe droughts on record. Accelerating the growing season and causing vines to ripen early with concentrated fruit flavours and very low crop levels.
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 the 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 while still enhancing the structure and intense flavour of the wine.
Geographic region – McLaren Vale
Picking date – 12th Feb 2007
Variety – 100% Shiraz – Estate grown
Sugar level – 14.2 Baume
Alcohol – 14%
Residual sugar – 2 g/L
Bottling date – Jan 2009
Cellaring potential – 5 to 7 years
Colour – Deep dark-red with violet hues.
Nose – Sweet fruit, red cherry, cloves and a hint of pepper.
Palate – The palate is full flavoured and round with wild fruits, leather and an earthy spice character. Finishing with lots of even grainy tannins and spicy oak.
Ageing potential – A big powerful wine, young and lively now but will drink well and improve with further bottle maturation for at least 5-7 years.
The perfect accompaniment to beef, lamb, duck & venison.