T A S T I N G N O T E S
NOSE Plum spice with a lick of French oak.
PALATE Svelte and sophisticated. The rick black berry and plum fruit meld beautifully with the peppercorn and anise spices.
Balanced and complex, the mid-palate seamlessly extends to a long and graceful finish. Velvet-like tannins support the fruit and enhance the overall opulence.
2017 was an exceptional year. A classic Yarra Valley growing season, a wet Spring followed by moderate daily temperatures and cool nights. Perfectly balanced vines allowed the grapes to ripen in optimal conditions. In these
years, the pristine fruit flavours combined with intensity and power give the wine balance and longevity.
W I N E M A K I N G
Handpicked and destemmed, the whole berries were cold soaked for 4 days prior to inoculation. 3% Viognier was co-fermented with the Shiraz in open fermenters. Hand plunged twice daily and pressed to barrel at the end of fermentation.
SKIN CONTACT TIME: 14 days
BARREL ORIGIN: 100% French oak barriques
BARREL AGE: 32% new
TIME IN BARREL: 18 Months
YEAST TYPE: Rhone
FERMENTATION METHOD: Open 5 tonne fermenters
FERMENTATION TIME: 14 days
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.37g/L
V I T I C U L T U R E
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 97% Shiraz, 3% Viognier
DATE OF HARVEST: Mid-March
VINE AGE: 25 years average
YIELD: 3 tonnes/hectare
CLONE: BVRC12, PT23
SOIL TYPE: Loam over mudstone clay
CULTIVATION PRACTICES: Vertical shoot positioning
- 93/100 Points by TONI PATERSON MW (THE REAL REVIEW): A fragrant wine with impressive vibrancy and freshness. Rich red fruits with accents of rose. A true medium-bodied shiraz with a beautiful, supple mid-palate and bright, balancing acidity. It is a wine of seamless proportions and is set to age gracefully.
- RANKED 7 of 59 2017 Shiraz blends of Australia.
- 95/100 Points by JAMES HALLIDAY at the JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2020 RESULTS: Co-fermented with 3% viognier. Destemmed cold soaked berries, open-fermented, 18 months in French barriques, 32% new. The cool Yarra vintage has accentuated the attractive spice this wine always displays, the plum and blackberry fruit providing the flesh and sweetness. Velvety in texture, it flows seamlessly along the palate with fine, ripe tannin in escort.